Honda cup NZ Round 5 Highlights
Highlights from Round 5, the final round of Hondacup at Pukekohe Park Raceway for 2017.
Video by The Fast Files.
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WALTERS HOLDS HONDA CUP LEAD, OSBORNE NARROWS POINTS GAP
Mark Walters continues to hold the overall points lead in the Motul Honda Cup Series, despite Mitch Osborne winning round three at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park. The series played support to the NZ Motor Cup for the Castrol Toyota Racing Series on the national circuit.
Race One: Osborne claims first blood
After qualifying nearly a second faster than second place sitter Shane Haitana, it was Osborne on pole position for the opening race of the weekend. His time of 1:11.593 put him at the top in qualifying, and cemented his early pace for the first hitout.
Osborne quickly set about extending his lead over Haitana during the course of the opening lap, and extended his lead to over five car lengths at the end of lap-one. In third, Mark Walters couldn’t keep pace with Haitana nor Osborne in the latter half of the race.
Just outside the podium places, Jamie Wiggins, Martin Dunn, Andrew Johnston, and Greg Spark fought for position. On the start, Spark made his way past Johnston, but didn’t hold the place for long as he went well wide through the final sweeper.
Wiggins was comfortable in fourth in the first few laps, whilst Dunn and Johnston fought for the minor placings.
Osborne, Haitana, and Walters cruised out at the front of the field. Soon enough Spark joined in on the battle, however, he couldn’t make way of Johnston and eventually dropped back.
Johnston and Dunn were embroiled in the challenge for fifth and sixth. Despite hounding Dunn for the majority of the race, he couldn’t get past.
At the head of the field, Osborne took an easy win two and a half seconds ahead of Haitana, with walters a further four seconds back.
Race Two: Osborne goes back-to-back
The top-10 positions from the opening race were reversed for race two of the weekend, seeing race one winner Osborne starting from 10th.
The opening lap got underway with Dunn and Johnston squeezing out Brent Hay on the run down to turn one. Whilst Dunn went wide, Spark speared off the road after over correcting. Meanwhile, Osborne sliced through the middle and was soon into fourth just after turn one.
Jason Gibbs led the field into turn two, with Gary Wilson in second, Johnston third. Gibbs covered his line into turn two, whilst Osborne looked to go around the outside of Johnston.
A lunge down the inside at turn four by Osborne gave him third place over Johnston, and only moments later he was past both Wilson and Gibbs. In the space of one lap Osborne went from 10th to first.
Further back, Shane Haitana was sifting his way through and was into fifth by lap one after passing Hay on the front straight – he was closely followed by Walters. Another move one lap later saw Haitana take another place over Wiggins, and Walters duly followed suit just two turns later.
The pair continued to press on, whilst Osborne held off Andrew Johnston for second. As the race neared midway, Haitana pounced on Gibbs who’d earlier been overtaken by Gary Wilson. A simple move through turn one gave Haitana and then Walters an easy run past.
Not having the straight line speed to match Haitana and Walters, Wilson was quickly swallowed up into the final corner. With the slower cars dispatched, Haitana and Walters could battle together for the final place on the podium.
Walters looked to go around the outside of Haitana through the final corner, but couldn’t make a move stick. Haitana showed pace along the straights, but Walters stuck to the back of his rival through the twistys.
With the draft on his side, Walters held onto the back of Haitana over the front straight. With just one lap to go, a gutsy move down the inside on the run down to turn one gave Walters third place. He held the position, finishing just seven tenths ahead of Haitana. At the front, Osborne kept Johnston at bay to take his second win on the trott.
Race Three: Handicap race gives Chalmers narrow win
The final race of the weekend saw the traditional handicap feature, with the fastest cars starting from the rear of the field.
The biggest shock of the race came when Haitana was forced to retire with only a few laps remaining. Simeon Woolsey and Mark Wilson also failed to finish.
Osborne was another casualty who suffered in the final race, as he finished last of the cars still running. His failure gave Walters a needed reprieve, as he went on to finish ninth, salvaging some points.
A number of battle packs emerged late in the race, with first through to tenth covered by just five seconds as the rear of the field catched up to the front.
Andrew Johnston put in a solid drive to slice through the field and take fourth place. However, it was Hay who did well to take second just a second behind eventual winner Chalmers.
The Motul Honda Cup Series now moves to Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon for the penultimate round of the series over 18-19 February.
Article by Simon Chapman via Velocity.
Less than two weeks to Honda Cup - Round 2
Round 2 is on Sunday the 4th December at Hampton Downs. Another quick-fire 1 day event for us.
Entry is via motorsportentry.com.
Scroll down to 2k cup masters 3rd December for the entry forms.
You must log in with all your details if you haven't already. this can be a bit of a long process if you haven't done it before.
It does get easier however.
Late entry after 28th November.
Documentation opens at 7.30 Sunday morning for Honda Cup.
Practice is Friday and must be organised with Hamptons directly if you want to practice.
Plywood for under axle stands and Jacks is compulsory to protect the seal.
Make sure you bring you pit tent for the Honda Cup line up!
More info to come regarding pit layout and race times etc.
WALTERS COMES AWAY WITH VICTORY AT HONDA CUP ROUND ONE
Former Motul Honda Cup Series champion Mark Walters took victory in round one at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo. Walters contested the low-budget N1 class last season, but this year returned to the top-tier of Honda Cup in the H4 class, for 2.2 litre cars and over.
Race One: Osborne breaks records to win race one
The opening race of the Motul Honda Cup Series for the 2016–’17 season saw Mitch Osborne take a lights-to-flag victory. After setting a new Honda Cup lap record on a 1:37.261 in qualifying, Osborne went on to blitz the field in the first eight-lap race.
Before the race could start, series returnee Shane Haitana failed to make the start. He battled mechanical gremlins throughout the weekend, and subsequently scored zero points.
Off the line it was Osborne who made the best start of the front runners, as he led into turn one. Behind, fourth place starter Andrew Johnston – behind the wheel of the ex-Walters/Verryt series winning Integra – got past third place start Jamie Wiggins on the start.
The opening stages of the race were a largely clean affair, with the exception of Gary Wilson, whose CV-joint failed on the long back straight. Wilson locked up and speared off the road at high speed through the penultimate corner, and duly retired from the race.
Shortly after, David Miller speared off the road in similar fashion through the same section, but was fortunate to come away unscathed.
Whilst Osborne leapt ahead, Walters and Johnston were left to scrap over second and third place, with Johnston briefly making his way into second on the back straight. In the closing stages of the race, however, the former champ made his way back past Johnston into second, where he stayed for the rest of the race.
Further behind, in fifth, Greg Spark fought valiantly to hold off a hard charge by eighth place qualifier Alastair Chalmers. The DC2 driver couldn’t hold off Chalmers, as the expat-British driver soon made his way past for a top-five finish.
Ultimately it was Osborne who took victory from a distant Walters in second, Johnston close behind in third.
Race Two: Gibbs continues storming drive to take third
Having taken the victory in race one, Mitch Osborne should’ve start the reverse top-10 race from 10th place. However, a crash in one of the other support races held over the weekend forced him out for the rest of the competition.
Having stormed from 22nd to 10th in race one, Jason Gibbs was promoted to pole position for the second race of the weekend based on the reverse top-10.
From a standing start, Gibbs made a roaring start out of the top spot to lead the field by some car lengths into turn one. Martin Dunn followed through in second, whilst Colin Abah slotted into third.
The race was punctuated early on by a near lose by Andrew Johnston at turn one. On lap-three, the hard charging Integra driver nearly lost control of his car on entry to the first turn. An off-again-on-again brake issue saw him lock up the rear tyres, and fishtail his way on the run down to turn one—luckily not spinning.
Johnston dropped back from second place Dunn, who by lap four, was engaged in a duel with Gibbs for the lead.
The pair diced down the back straight, with the pair trying to out brake each other. Gibbs prevailed on lap-four, as he held off Dunn down the long straight and into the braking zone. However, his time at the top was quickly put to bed as Dunn made a pass on Gibbs on lap-five through the final sequence of corners.
A new threat came from the back as Mark Walters began to slice his way through the field, and by lap-six, he was already in the top-five. He made short work of Gibbs through the esses, and Dunn soon after, to take the lead.
Whilst Walters held first at a safe margin, Dunn and Gibbs resumed battle. Gibbs made one last attempt on the final lap to get past Dunn across the line. Just four tenths split them as the chequered flag dropped on race two.
Race Three: Hopkins holds of Wilson for final win
The final race of the weekend saw the Honda Cup field take in it’s usual handicap race. The fastest of them all started at the back, with Walters fighting his way through to eventually take 12th, and the fastest lap of the race.
It was a race split into two battle groups, with the slowest at the front holding off their rivals, and the fastest towards the back trying not to get baulked down as they chased.
Martin Dunn was the best of the drivers who started towards the rear, as he took seventh overall.
After his breakout result in race two of the weekend, Jason Gibbs failed to finish the final race, and was followed off the track a few seconds later by Gary Morrell. The pair both suffered mechanical failures.
Eventual race winner Kevin Hopkins held off a hard charge by fast man Mark Wilson, who was pipped at the post by a mere three tenths of a second. John Torrance finished third in his EK Civic, whilst Shane Hine and David Harker came home fourth and fifth respectively.
Walters' 12th place finish in race three was enough to secure him round honours at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, cementing him as an overall challenger for the 2016–'17 title race.
The 2016–'17 Motul Honda Cup Series heads to Hampton Downs for the second round of their calendar on December 4th for their second one-day event.
Article and photos by Simon Chapman via Velocity.
Paddock Layout and Race Programme now available
The paddock layout and race programme now available for this weekends race at Taupo:
Honda Cup secures Motul backing again as it looks forward to biggest season
Honda Cup, now entering its ninth season and still the most popular Japanese one-make Series has secured backing again from long time Series Sponsor Motul.
Motul has supported the Honda Cup since its infancy and the two brands are perfect partners, both having a strong ethos for quality and an equally strong passion for motorsports. Series Director Mark Walters is delighted to secure Motul backing once again for the series. “The racers love the Motul product, it works incredibly well in our high revving, small capacity engines. Some of our drivers don’t have the luxury of big budgets but they have all learnt to rely on the Motul products. Honda Cups ethos has always been to work with Companies that offer the best and we’ll be proudly flying the Motul flag on and off the track as we look forward to another mega season of close racing and full fields”.
“We are really happy to be supporting the Motul Honda Cup for the 2016/2017 season” says Chris Walkley from Motul New Zealand. “The thing we like about Honda Cup is it is the ideal proving ground for our Motorsports and Passenger car range of lubricants. While everyone would love to run the same products used by the Pro teams Le Mans like our Double Ester synthetic 300V, the reality is that almost every racer has budget constraints. Our Automotive range reflects the needs of both the common motorist and the racer with products such as Motul Sport and the 8100 series. These products offer a less expensive alternative for racers but ensure the level of performance required by the high revving small Honda engines is still met. There aren’t many brands that can offer a lubricant that will work in both your race car and the car that tows your race car, that’s the Motul difference”.
The Motul Honda Cup is set to enjoy another high profile action packed season having been included on dates for the new Premier Motorsport Series, which includes a round with the international Toyota Race Series. This season features 5 rounds running at all North island Circuits with a mix of one, two and three day events:
- Round 1 20th November 2016: Taupo 1 Day event
- Round 2 4th December 2016: Hampton 1 Day event
- Round 3 28th/28th January 2017: Hampton 2 Day Tier 1 meeting
- Round 4 18th/19th February 2017: Manfeild 2 Day event
- Round 5 1st/2nd April 2017: Pukekohe 2 Day Tier 1 (Truck meeting)
- The Honda Enduro Hampton Downs date TBA
The Honda Cup season will culminate with a non-championship one hour endurance race in addition to their five championship rounds plus will be featuring at both The Four and Rotary festival and Speedshow. Last season Honda Cup stalwart Paul Verryt secured the 2015-16 Honda Cup title but he has moved up to the V8 Touring Car Series and this season with a mix a of both new and returning drivers the series is wide open.
HondaCup pre season Tech Inspection
All HondaCup cars must undergo a tech inspection to ensure they are compliant. The inspection is carried out by the HondaCup Tech Officer and his assistant and is open to everyone.
- Saturday 29th October at JTune, from 10am to 1pm
- Sunday 30th October at Waikato Honda, from 10am to 2pm
The preseason Tech Days have always been a great unofficial start to the season and gives competitors time to get minor issues sorted.
Any queries, call Chief Tech Officer Mark at Motivation Garage in Hamilton
Compact Motul Honda Cup calendar confirmed for 2016–17 season
The forthcoming 2016–17 Motul Honda Cup calendar is set to take on a compact format, with one-day events slated for the series.
Honda Cup organisers are confident the calendar, which features two one-day events, will attract more competitors as costs are kept low. The series will also feature at two Premier Motorsport rounds at Hampton Downs and Pukekohe Park Raceway respectively.
Last season saw six rounds spread over Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Pukekohe Park Raceway, Hampton Downs Motorsport Park and Manfeild.
This season the series will race at Taupo's Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park just once, and is set to be the season opener in late November. The series moves to Hampton Downs Motorsport Park for the first of it's one-day meetings in December to finish the year.
2017 will open with Hampton Downs Motorsport Park in late January with the series potentially racing on the full international circuit for the first time. The series will play support series over two days to the Toyota Racing Series.
The series penultimate round takes place at Manfeild in February before completing the calendar year with the second of the Premier Motorsport meetings at Pukekohe Park Raceway.
Motul Honda Cup features five classes from H1, through to H4 and N1, each H-class representing a different engine capacity.
Further announcements are expected to be made with proposed rule changes opening up the competition for the N1 class which encourages equal opportunity to compete and win at a low cost.
Verryt takes out 2015–2016 Motul Honda Cup Series in darkness
Paul Verryt won the 2015–'16 Motul Honda Cup Series, bouncing back from his title ending crash last year at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park. Heading into the final round of the series, Verryt held an almost unassailable lead over former series champion Shane Parsons.
Qualifying for race one of the weekend was dominated by Mitch Osborne. The Andrew Simms sponsored driver took pole position convincingly by seven tenths of a second over Parsons, Verryt only a tenth back in third.
In fading light the first race of the weekend got underway with Osborne and Parsons going neck-and-neck into turn one.
Osborne got loose in his EG Civic, narrowly missing Parsons through turn one. Parsons made a strong run out of the first corner, diving down the inside of turn two to take the lead.
Parsons led the opening lap followed by Osborne, Verryt, Andrew Johnston and reigning champion Gary Wilson.
Osborne held back momentarily before making a charge for the lead. The pair made brief contact through the infield section before Osborne made a move on Parsons a turn one. Going down the inside, Osborne comfortably made the pass stick and began extending his lead to the pair behind.
Verryt pushed to get around Parsons but was unable to make way, just two tenths separating the two by the finish.
Osbornes race win saw the EG racer finish a second ahead of Verryt and Parsons behind. Andrew Johnston held on for an impressive fourth place finish whilst Tristan Neate came home fifth not far behind.
In brighter conditions, race two saw the top-ten reversed handing Jason Weel pole position for the standing start. However, Weel started poorly and was soon swamped by the quickr drivers behind him.
The start was a messy affair at the back of the pack, as Mark Wilson came to blows with Kevin Hopkins. Hopkins spun out on the approach to turn one, the pair later retired due to damage sustained in the crash.
Greg Spark quickly making his way to the front after starting on the second row of the grid, inheriting the lead on the opening lap.
After starting off the back of the grid for the second race, Osborne made an immaculate start powering his way through the field to sit sixth by turn four. A lap later, and Osborne was in the lead having passed Spark just two laps into the race.
Osborne looked a strong contender for the win, but was soon being hounded by Verryt. The pair jostled for the lead, but Osborne couldn’t keep Verryt at bay as the series leader made way of him midway through the race.
Steve Hughes was fortunate to not have his race cut short, the EG driver running wide on the final corner and onto the grass.
Third place contender Spark put his championship run for third place in jeopardy when he speared off the road at turn four. A lapse in concentration cost him an almost certain podium finish.
Ultimately it was Verryt though who took out the second race of the final, just under one second separating he and Osborne on the line. Parsons crossed the line two seconds later in third followed by Jamie Wiggins and Gary Wilson.
Conjecture over the final race embroiled the pit paddock as the sun began to set on Hampton Downs Motorsport Park. Questions over whether it would be safe to race in the dying light surrounded the drivers, who eventually chose to race. Some, including Osborne and Neate, had packed up their cars.
The ten lap race was cut short of its final distance by two laps as darkness engulfed the circuit. Many drivers raced without headlights.
The handicap race was eventually won by Alastair Chalmers who was followed home by Spark, Verryt, Johnston and Wilson.
With the final race of the 2015–'16 season complete, Verryt was finally able to celebrate his series victory, albeit in the darkness.
“It's a real cool feeling to take out the series,” said Verryt following the series win.
“It’s been a lot of hard work as we had a few mechanical problems. We had the head off three times, but now that’s all sorted and we have a very strong car.
“My goal was to take it out, but with some fast competitors it was going to be hard. But as I’ve always said, reliability, and finishing in the top five will get me there.
Verryt’s series win was especially meaningful, having had his title hopes shattered the same time last year when he rolled over on the final corner at the same circuit.
“Last year after my big crash it really shook me up for a while. But my goal was to just to get back in a race car.
“We had 2 weeks before the first endurance race and we found a car and we fully built it in 13 days. I was a bit nervous but have never thought about the crash again. So to win the championship in a new built race car was a great achievement.”
After testing an TLX NZ Touring Car recently, Verryt said he’s unsure whether he’ll be back to defend his Honda Cup title.
“Will I be back next year? I'm not sure yet. My dream has been to race a V8. And if the opportunity comes along I probably will change.
“But I will not just walk away from the Honda cup. It's a great series. The people, families friends we have meet are just real cool people. The help I have had to get me here has been overwhelming. Thanks to friends and family.”
Whilst Verryt took out the overall win, he also secured the H3 class win. In H4, Andrew Johnston took victory. Despite not being able to challenge for the overall win this season, Gary Wilson took out H2, Shane Hine won H1 and David Harker won N1.
Article and photos by Simon Chapman via Velocity.
Counting down New Zealand's best obscure circuit-racing championships
Just about every commentator in the country has penned at least one article about New Zealand being in a ‘golden age’ of motorsport right now. But while the exploits of messrs Paddon, Dixon, Hartley and co are covered to a decent degree, coverage of our domestic classes can be a little thin.
Driven does its level best, covering the BNT NZ Touring Cars, New Zealand Rally Championship, and D1NZ National Drifting Championship to name a few. But the pot still goes deeper. Deeper than what you see in print, deeper than what you hear about on the radio.
So here’s five of the best circuit-racing series in New Zealand that don’t get so much time in this world they call ‘the mainstream media’. If you’re someone who swears by ‘supporting the grassroots’, I’d urge you to give these a look in.
Yes, all the cars are Hondas, and yes they’re all front-wheel drive, and — of course — most are Civics. But, these cars are more than capable of thrashing out some incredibly competitive lap times.
Where some club classes have an earnest aura that almost scoffs at the idea of taking themselves even remotely seriously, those in Honda Cup annually wheel out some of the quickest, best prepared race cars in New Zealand.
And despite a wide variety of body styles and chassis-codes at play, the racing is frequently close and exciting.
Excerpt from an article originally appearing on www.driven.co.nz and photo by Simon Chapman.
Mitch Osborne wins inaugural Velocity Honda 75 Enduro
Mitch Osborne took an emphatic victory in the Velocity Honda 75 at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park last weekend, defeating front row starter Paul Verryt.
The opening qualifying race for the 75 feature saw Shane Parsons on wet tyres get away quickly to lead the field. However, Parsons' lead was short lived as he began to suffer on wet tyres in drying conditions. Osborne and Verryt caught Parsons, Osborne's win in the qualifying race securing a pole position start for the feature.
Osborne showed immediate pace early in the 75 minute race, leading the field through turn one to hold an early advantage. Second place Paul Verryt held back in second place but not far enough to let Osborne out of his sights. Third place starter Shane Parsons lost three positions on the lead up to the opening corner.
Osborne and Verryt began to slowly separate themselves from the three way battle for third between Greg Spark, Gary Wilson, and Andrew Johnston. The trio spent the most part of the race battling, but the pairing of Wilson and Justin Herbert suffered recurring mechanical troubles eventually ending their race late in the piece.
After destroying his front splitter in practice on Saturday, youngest competitor in the field Oliver Heycoop struck troubles early in the race. A bad sportsmanship flag was compounded by the loss of fourth gear in the opening minutes of the race.
With a competition caution set to be thrown after the halfway mark, questions over when teams would pit surrounded the pit lane.
Johnston was one of the earliest to pit from his sixth place position. He later resumed his battle with the Greg Spark car, driven by William Yu.
Verryt pitted around the halfway mark, but Osborne remained on track waiting until the latest moment before the competition caution.
Osborne’s inlap was one of the fastest of the race, and his team backed him up with a fast tidy pitstop. Even with the pace on track and in the lane, Osborne returned to the track with Verryt alongside him as they went through turn one.
The pair ran side-by-side through turn two and three, before Osborne took the position to regain the lead.
The competition caution was thrown late in the race, leaving the race with ten minutes of sprint racing action.
Despite bunching up the field, Verryt couldn’t challenge Osborne for the lead as the EG racer romped home to victory. “I’m ecstatic, I could probably do another ten or twenty laps, it was awesome. Really happy with how today went,” said Osborne. “Obviously I’ve got to thank my father, the Osborne motorsport team, and Andrew Simms for getting the car down here every weekend. It's just been amazing.”
After a brief hiatus from racing, Osborne rebuilt his EG Civic, repowering the pocket-rocket with a Honda K-series engine.
“We wanted to do it nicely and properly so we just took our time and we didn’t rush. We couldn’t quite do Taupo so we went to Manfeild, and it showed lots of potential but there were some teething issues. “We’re really looking forward to seeing what it can do.”
Velocity Honda 75 - An Endurance race for all,
as long as you are a Honda
You may have heard the rumour, now here's the fact: April 2nd and 3rd, Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo.
Yes that’s right – if you have a MSNZ homologated caged Honda in ANY spec and a MSNZ C Grade National race licence you are eligible for this event!
Be part of what will be the biggest Honda race event ever held in New Zealand, in the increasingly popular endurance format.
But be quick – there is a track limit of 42 cars and my gut feeling is that this will be a VERY popular event and will fill quickly. Entry will open next week on www.motorsportentry.com, so if you haven’t registered on there do so now so you can get your entry in pronto.
This event is run by HRC, with the new and exciting Velocity News as media partners. Be part of the biggest Honda race ever in New Zealand and show the haters what Hondas are all about Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park – April 2 and 3. Brought to you by HRC Events
Here’s how it works:
- 75 minutes around this FIA Grade 2 circuit
- Four classes – 1.6, 1.8, 2.0 and 2.4 and over. Prize money – 1st in class $250, second in class $150 and third in class $100. Overall winner gets an extra $250 and the top female competitor will also get $250. Total prize fund - $2,500 (Prize money will decrease proportionately below 37 cars taking the start)
- Full preview and review on VelocityNews.co.nz, along with a profile of the winning car
- Free photo dropbox for each class winning car
- Live timing on Race Monitor app
- Qualifying Saturday and sprint race for top 20 grid slots
- Free BBQ on Saturday after track action
- Race Sunday
- Eight free event tickets to each competitor
- Caged Hondas running in other categories on Saturday can pay the difference in entry fee and start from the back on Sunday (those remaining grid slots will be based on a marble draw)
- Entry $375 including guaranteed pit garage for Sunday (two cars per garage)
- Everyone with a caged, homologated Honda is welcome, SS2000 Hondas, Endurance Series Hondas, Classic Japanese Hondas, MIT Hondas, Superlap Hondas, HondaCup Hondas, GT Hondas – in fact any fully caged circuit racing Honda
- One or two drivers
- One set of tyres only for qualifying, shoot out race and the 75 minute race combined
- Minimum of one pitstop for every car, check the car, refuel it, change drivers, or get out and go once around the car and get back in if you are solo – but no tyre change allowed
- Any MSNZ homologated and fully caged Honda is eligible, no matter what modifications you have done to it – all Frankensteins welcome!
- No restriction on the quantity of additional pitstops you may need, but you still cannot change tyres on second or subsequent stops
- Drive through penalty for each Unsportsmanlike Behaviour flag you receive
- No contact event – penalties will be applied at the discretion of the Race Director and Clerk of the Course
- Car weights, brakes, tyre brand, fuel choice – free
- Pit stops including pit lane refuelling must be done in accordance with MSNZ rules – click HERE for the Code of Conduct on Fuel
- Tyres free – but you can only use the same set for qualifying, the shoot out race and for the 75 minute race. So you are going to have to be conservative – which is what endurance racing is all about. And we have tested the endurance of a new set of tyres very recently on the track, and they did two test sessions Friday, qualifying and three races over the weekend which was ultimately about ten minutes more than this event…If the race is declared wet or becomes wet, the same rule applies, only one set. You can bring a spare, but it can only be used in the event of a puncture or damage rendering the tyre unsafe. If you are caught cheating – you’re gone
- Anyone starting the race from the back of the grid on the Sunday having missed qualifying and the shoot out race and must start on used tyres
Verryt Wins Round Four as Haitana Rolls Out of Contention
Paul Verryt won a dramatic fourth round of the Motul Honda Cup series at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park from Shane Parsons. Following the demise of Shane Haitana in race one, Greg Spark put on a string of solid results to put himself into third on the points table.
Qualifying for the opening race at Taupo took place on a drying circuit, many venturing out on wet tyres, despite a dry line appearing before the session. Many fell victim to the dry conditions on wet tyres, some deciding to pit early in the session.
Unsurprisingly, Verryt continued his hot run of qualifying form to take pole position with Tauranga local Gary Wilson taking second.
From third on the grid, Shane Parsons made his way past Wilson; Spark following suit. Parsons and Spark briefly made contact at turn two as the pair ran side-by-side, but it was Parsons who prevailed to take second.
Fifth place started Shane Haitana moved past Wilson on lap two, but a nasty crash just a lap later ended his weekend.
As he approached the fast right hand turn nine the brakes on his EF Civic failed. As Haitana explains, the gravel tipped the Civic he was driving into a roll.
"I was coming up to turn nine and went to put my foot on the brakes and my foot went right to the floor," said haitana following the incident.
"Since I couldn't make the corner, I went straight ahead into the gravel trap which caused the car to roll over a couple of times."
The race was red flagged to retrieve Haitana’s stricken car. Whilst Haitana was okay the damage to his car was too great, putting him out for the rest of the weekend.
Verryt extended his lead over Parsons as the race restarted, by the completion of the race Verryt’s lead was a little over two seconds. After one of the best battles in the race, Andrew Johnston prevailed over Greg Spark for third, debutant Alastair Chalmers finishing fifth.
Despite oil spilling from his car - sending smoke bellowing from his right front wheel - Tristan Neate came home in sixth place well ahead of Garry Morrell in seventh.
The second race of the weekend proved to be one of the most action packed. A reverse-top-ten put John Torrance in pole position, but Greg Spark was soon leading the way with Paul Verryt hot on his heels.
Ninth place starter Shane Parsons slowly worked his way through the field passing the likes of Chalmers, Johnston and Harker early on.
By the fifth lap Verryt passed Spark for the lead, Parsons not far behind in third. Parsons was quick to follow the lead of Verryt by passing Spark for second. Parsons continued his charge as he latched onto the rear of Verryt’s cars. With only a handful of laps remaining Parsons launched past Verryt at the far end of the circuit to take the lead of the race. At the line just three tenths separated the pair, their battle for the lead eventually extending a lead of over 15 seconds to Spark in third.
The final handicap race of the weekend saw Torrance take victory after starting near the head of the field. The faster drivers on the grid had made good time on the leaders but were unfortunate not to catch the front runners.
Verryt’s performance over the weekend netted him the overall round win, Parsons coming home second. Greg Spark took third for the weekend just one point ahead of Johnston in fourth. In the overall standings Verryt leads Parsons, with Haitana’s demise Spark moved to third.
The Motul NZ Honda Cup series moves to Manfeild for the fifth round joining the Independant Racing Classes.
Article and photos by Velocity.
VERRYT TAKES RACE ONE, HAITANA WINS THE ROUND
Shane Haitana took out the opening round of the Motul Honda Cup at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park.
After starting the opening race from pole position Verryt immediately came under pressure from series returnee Shane Parsons at turn two. Verryt kept Parsons at bay for the opening laps however, last season second place getter extending the lead.
Third place starter Andrew Johnston fell to sixth in the opening laps of the race, Gary Wilson and Shane Haitana moving through to third and fourth respectively closely followed by Shaun Morris.
With Verryt edging ahead, Parsons was left to fend off reigning champion Gary Wilson and the hard charging pack of Haitana, Morris and Johnston.
Morris was quick to challenge Haitana for fourth but was unable to make a pass as he dived down the inside at turn two on lap three.
In what was a tight battle for the final places on the podium, the only minor scuffle came when Andrew Johnston and Morris collided at turn two.
Morris and Haitana eventually moved past Wilson for third place, Wilson finishing a credible fifth.
Ultimately it was Verryt who held his lead to take the opening win of the 2015/16 Motul Honda Cup series. Parsons came home second place with Shane Haitana third.
Having finishing ninth in the opening race, Jamie Wiggins was set to start from second place in the second race of the weekend, but after Mitch Osborne retired from the weekend Wiggins was handed pole position.
After failing to qualify due to mechanical issues, David Miller fought his way from last to finish eighth in the opening race. Starting from second Miller quickly took the lead from pole sitter Wiggins, however Shane Haitana dispatched Wiggins then Miller for the lead in the opening stages of the race.
Mechanical issues continued to plague Miller though as a driveshaft failure ended his solid second place position.
"Mitch pulled out of racing on Sunday, which meant I had a clear line of sight in front of me to turn one," said Miller.
"I was quite nervous as I knew I had to get a good start to get in front of Jamie before turn one. as the flag dropped I managed to get an awesome start and get well in front of Jamie. I managed to put a pretty good lead on everyone for about 3 laps.
"Then my clutch master cylinder started playing up, which meant I had to manually pull the clutch pedal out every gear change with my foot, which drastically slowed me down. But then the unthinkable happened and I managed to smash my inner cv joint so I lost drive completely. I was gutted, I thought I had a pretty good chance of winning that race."
After Miller's mechanical failure, Wiggins retook second place where he would eventually finish despite a spirited challenge from third placed Andrew Johnston. After mechanical failures plagued him last season, Haitana bounced back to take a convincing win in race two. Verryt and Wilson completed the top five.
The final race of the weekend again saw the traditional handicap start. With new rules only allowing for one set of front tyres over the weekend, many who had been challenging at the head of the field had already worn out their front set.
Greg Spark made the most of his grid position and tyre conservation as he quickly asserted himself as the dominant force in the pack.
Ploughing through the field moved through the slower cars at the head of the field to take the lead with laps to spare. Spark eventually finished with a three second lead as Wilson finished second with Parsons completing the podium in third.
Shane Haitana finished fourth to secure the overall race weekend win, whilst Scott Silver managed to hold his position towards the front of the field to take fifth.
The series now moves to Taupo Motorsport Park for the SsangYong Super Racing Weekend over October 17/18.
Hampton Downs Construction Update
Within a month of purchasing Hampton Downs, Tony Quinn was full steam ahead with getting construction underway.
The track extension has been cleared of undergrowth and levelled, ready for the pre-load to be removed in October/November. The initial geotechnical work indicates that approx 1 metre of preload will need to be removed before building the circuit. This will be done with large diggers and large trucks! It is estimated that the circuit will be completed in April/May of next year. The forecast is for a hot, dry, summer, so we should get a good run at the construction of the circuit and its ancillary buildings, barriers and tyre walls. This circuit will be a stand alone circuit, which can operate on its own, or it can be incorporated in the full 3.8km circuit.
The road into the new circuit has been formed, metalled and awaits its final sealing.
Leading from just before the tunnel entrance, the newly formed road to the new circuit goes around Turn 1 and parallel to the back straight.
The land behind Turn 1 will accommodate 100, member’s garages with full security. This will allow storage for member’s cars, plus direct access to either circuit.
Up on top, behind the apartments the extensive car parks are undergoing a transformation of concrete islands and asphalt parking bays. No more car-parking attendants and loose metal to negotiate!
The corporate suites and admin/control area between to pits is progressing at a great rate.
There will be driveway through the building to the pit lane, which will act as an exit for cars racing on the circuit. There is an area for competitors to sign in for race meetings and an extensive line-up of corporate hospitality suites above the pit garages. All this work will be completed just in time for the Porsche Festival in mid-January.
HONDA CUP SECURES MOTUL BACKING AGAIN AS IT LOOKS FORWARD TO BIGGEST SEASON
Honda Cup, now entering its seventh season and still the most popular Japanese one-make series, has secured backing again from long time series sponsor Motul.
Series director Alan Stewart is delighted to secure Motul backing once again for the series. “The racers love the Motul product, it works incredibly well in our high revving, small capacity engines. Our drivers don’t have the luxury of big budgets for engine maintenance as some other race drivers do. We have always thought ourselves very lucky to have the support from a brand our racers are so enthusiastic about, as that is not always the case with other sports sponsorships. We’ll be flying the Motul flag on and off the track as we look forward to another mega season of close racing and full fields.”
The Motul Honda Cup is set to enjoy its highest profile season to date, having been included on two dates for the new Premier Motorsport Series, which includes a combined V8 field running as New Zealand Touring Cars and the international Toyota Race Series, which also enjoys Motul support.
The Hondas will appear at the opening round of the Premier Calendar at Taupo and will be back at the circuit for the Denny Hulme Trophy meeting for TRS cars at the same circuit in February. They will also have rounds at Pukekohe, Manfeild and Hampton Downs and this season have a non-championship one hour endurance race in addition to their six championship rounds.
Last season veteran racer and Honda Cup stalwart Gary Wilson secured the title and will defend it again this coming season, though he is likely to be challenged strongly by Paul Verryt and young guns Shaun Morris and David Miller.
Chris Walkley from Motul New Zealand is equally happy with the renewed sponsorship saying “We are very happy to be involved with Honda Cup again this year. Both brands (Honda and Motul) have a strong ethos for quality and have an equally strong passion for motorsports. The partnership further reinforces Motul’s commitment to Honda given the brand also has partnerships with HRC and Mugen in Japan”
Round 1 Race Programme
The race programme for Round 1 is available to download.
Important Information from HRC promoter
Have a look at the below image from the manual and please make a note of the content.
What this means is that such behaviour may well escape during the weekend, but we will utilise the guidance of the manual if there is abuse of officials, a race stoppage or session stoppage without acceptance of responsibility, or repeated infringements, or indeed ANYTHING that we do not believe to be appropriate behaviour or conduct at a busy race meeting.
The offender will simply be advised after the round that they will no longer be welcome at HRC Events race meetings.
You have been warned.
Round 2 Super Series Race Weekend
October 17/18th at Taupo Motorsport Park, head over to HD Ticketing for Spectator Tickets
Classes running on the Super Series Weekend:
- Motul Honda Cup
- New Zealand Touring Cars
- UDC V8 Utes
- ENZED Central Muscle Cars
- Tradezone GT1/2
- Tradezone NZGT
- Kumho Tyres Pre-65
- Motul Honda Cup
- NZ Porsche Series
- Sangyong Utes
It's a big weekend for New Zealand motorsport, with the new-look Premier Motorsport Calendar heading to the scenic Taupo Motorsport Park for a real Spring Classic. It's Sangyong's big weekend and the utes will entertain the fans with a full field and door-to-door racing.
Also a 'top liner' on the Sangyong Super Racing Weekend will be the New Zealand Touring cars and it will be the first chance for fans in the region to see the TL, TLX and V8ST specification V8 racing machinery do battle together out on the track. They all raced together at Pukekohe earlier in the year, and they will race together throughout their season.
The speed around the track of the Motul Honda Cup field is what is going to surprise a lot of people, with the front runners nudging on the magical 1 minute 40 lap time. Keep a look out for their exciting race formats - a rolling start and a reverse top ten as well as the handicap.
The UDC V8 Utes hit the track for the penultimate round of their 2015 calendar year season, with young gun Sam 'Bazza' Barry heading a tightly packed bunch at the sharp end of the series leaders table. He knows the Taupo circuit well and his Bel Group Ford will be tough to beat around the track, always a Ford favourite in the UDC V8 Ute ranks. Close racing is guaranteed and the word on the street is that there will be two new drivers in the series joining the regulars.
The ever-popular ENZED Central Muscle Cars kick off their 2015-2016 season and for fans of the series this promises to be a thunderous weekend.
The Tradezone GTRNZ series brings its two spectacular grids to the Sangyong Racing Weekend and they are guaranteed crowd pleasers. Two or possibly even three of the stunning GT1 Crawford Daytona prototypes will take on the best of the extreme TransAm, Rotary and Supercar type machines, with the best of the GT2 boys in with a shout if we get inclement weather conditions.
The New Zealand Porsche series also begins its season with a weekend on the Premier Motorsport Calendar to start a season which will also feature back-to-back weekends at the Porsche Festival at Hampton Downs in January.
The Kuhmo Tyres Pre-65 series is stepping up its game for the 2015-2016 season with the first of a selection of appearances at high profile events. Big grids and great cars means this one will be a guaranteed hit with the fans.
All in all it's going to be a great way to begin the new-look season. If you want to enter, then you'll need to click 'Enter' on our home page and if you want to buy tickets, this button's also there and it will be worth checking a bit nearer the time to make sure you get yours.
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.
Honda Cup Prize giving winners announced
A big thank you to all who attended the Honda Cup Prize Giving
For those who could not make it the award winners have been posted.
Timeline for AGM HRDCNZ Honda Cup Prize Giving Saturday 30th May 2015
The Honda Cup Prize Giving will be held on Saturday 30th May, upstairs at Taupo Racetrack.
- 5.00pm: Social get-together
- 5.30pm: AGM. Honda Racing Drivers Club NZ
- 6.30pm: Buffet Dinner - Cost $10 per head
- 7.30pm: Prize Giving
This event will be BYO - tea and coffee provided
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the number attending.
The timings will have to be slightly flexible as there is prize giving for the 3 hour Enduro and we are not sure if this will have any impact.
Come to Taupo for the day and support your fellow Honda Cup competitors who are racing the Enduro.
Soup and Buns will be available to sustain you until dinner.
Another season finished
Plenty of highs and a few lows - but that's racing folks.
Congratulations to Gary Wilson for his win in the series in the Surtees Trailers Honda Civic EG. And well done to his crew, led by former Motul Honda Cup champ Justin Herbert. We are delighted to announce Gary will be back next season to defend his title.
A great turn out for the last round was a nice way to end the action. 22 cars. Wonderful. Next season is now in our sites and if you are interested in taking part in the Motul Honda Cup, drop us a line and we'll tell you how you can.
Our thanks go to all of our sponsors, loyal supporters and drivers. Motul, Honda New Zealand, Hankook, Gear X, Hondata, Rota wheels,Racer Products, Panasonic, Wattbike and our other partners. A big thanks to all of our drivers' sponsors too. Collectively, we couldn't go racing without you.
And talking about going racing, it also wouldn't be possible without the volunteers who put on our race meetings, officiate them and marshal at them. It is always neat for any driver to get the applause of the marshals on the cool down lap and we hope those great guys and girls enjoyed the Honda racing this season as much as we did. All of us very much appreciate the effort you put in on our behalf even if sometimes we are not that good at showing it.
A special thanks also to Series Coordinator Sam White for his perpetual enthusiasm, ready smile and helpfulness. Not easy when dealing with a bunch of racing drivers who are never wrong...With a baby imminent, family matters will rightly take priority for Sam next season but we hope very much he'll be able to make a few rounds and remain a part of the community. Who knows, we may even persuade him to race one day! We have to do something to make his hair look messy!
A final shout out for Simon and Matt at Velocity. Great pics, great write ups – nuff said.
Next year we have a six round championship and we'll be racing at some cool events which we'll reveal soon. If you are interested in taking part in the Motul Honda Cup, drop us a line and we'll tell you how you can.
Next on the Honda racing radar in NZ is the North Island Endurance Series and there will be plenty for Honda fans to enjoy - apart, of course, from Hondas!.
The Honda Racing Drivers Club AGM will be at Taupo on May 30 at the circuit and will coincide with the first round of the enduro series.
Thanks again all. Bring on September.
Hello fellow Honda enthusiasts
For those of you currently racing the summer season is over or close to coming to a close.
2015 has probably been another challenging year and for those of you deciding whether to race or not next season, there are probably a few questions still in your mind. What series to race in, what class etc.
Looking forward it appears that 2016 will be a watershed for both individuals and existing classes in NZ Motorsport and we are keen to see Honda as an even more important player in the marketplace than it currently is.
We believe our focus of common interest would appear to now be of much more importance than the wishes and desires of both individual competitors and event organisers.
The face of the sport is changing and we think there will be many changes over the next season or so, and as the biggest Honda category in the country, we want ALL Honda owners to have their say in what Honda racing might look like in the future.
The Motul Honda Cup summer series has one more round to run and the class organisers felt it may be a opportunity for all those Honda Competitors involved and/or interested in circuit racing to get together and discuss the future of how the brand races in New Zealand. As we all know, there are a few classes that you can compete in with a Honda, but we believe there is a bigger picture of where Hondas and the Honda Cup fit in to the national motorsport scene. We all love our Hondas, and we all share our views on where we want to race them.
To try and get ALL Honda owners together for a weekend when racing Hondas can be the major topic of discussion, Motul Honda Cup is opening up its last round to any racer with a caged Honda race car.
The series finale takes place at Hampton Downs on May 2 and 3 with qualifying and one race on Saturday and two races on Sunday. Honda Cup's format is a rolling start off qualifying times, a reverse top ten grid and then a handicapped grid. There are several classes in Honda Cup and even if your car does not comply fully to one of those categories - N1 Production H1 1.6, H2 1.8, H3 2.0 then there is an HU Unlimited class in which you can race. In other words, something to suit everyone and a range of race formats that gives everyone in the field their shot at winning a race over the weekend.
The only cost will be the event entry fee which is paid direct to the event organiser and there will be no requirement to run series logos as it is a 'sample' round and an opportunity to get like-minded Honda racers together. You also, of course, get to join in our legendary Saturday afternoon BBQ and air your views!
Come along, bring your Honda back out, or bring it for the first time, meet lots of new like-minded people, have a weekend of fun and have your say in what you believe the future of Honda racing in NZ should be. Not this coming weekend but the 2nd and 3rd of May, at Hampton Downs.
Entry is up at www.motorsportentry.com - our final round is part of the 2K Cup Masters mega racing weekend!
Morris Takes Penultimate Round Win At Taupo
A cold and wet Taupo Motorsport Park greeted the Motul Honda Cup field for the penultimate round of series before heading to Hampton Downs for the final.
A somewhat depleted field headed out for qualifying early on Saturday morning, Andrew Johnston becoming the first to fall victim in the treacherous conditions - Johnston spinning on his warm up lap at just the second corner.
With just a few minutes remaining in qualifying, KABA security driver Shaun Morris topped the short ten minute session with a 1:47.909 going nearly two seconds quicker than nearest rival Mitch Osborne. Morris continuing his impressive record of taking a pole position at every round in the season thus far.
A short burst of rain before the start of the first race set the field up for what would be the first fully wet race of the season.
As the field headed into turn one Mark Wilson was the first to strike trouble, locking up and going straight ahead into the gravel trap.
Having started from pole position Morris immediately came under pressure from Greg Spark, the Waikato Honda driver diving down the inside of Morris at turn one. However as the pair went side-by-side into turn two, Morris held the inside line forcing Spark wide allowing Morris to hold position.
After dropped to third, second place starter Mitch Osborne pounced quickly on Spark passing him at turn four. Osborne and Spark continued to battle over second place throughout the opening laps, allowing Morris to extend his lead.
“I got a good start went to the outside of Shaun who slightly baulked the start. Then I dived over to the inside of Shaun, turned in early, and briefly took the lead but was on the slippery outside of turn two. Mitch also came through to take second place with better grip on the inside,” said Spark.
“My windscreen was severely fogged from the 2nd lap and the spray from Mitch meant I had terrible forward visibility at times virtually nil. I knew the only way past him was to force an error. He knew I had significant straight line speed advantage and if I was close exiting the sweeper before the drag strip I'd get past him into the chase, so I kept pressing as hard as I could.
“On the last lap I came through the spray to see him with two wheels on the grass on the outside of the sweeper, and took second. Exciting run in the wet - I love the rain.”
Paul Verryt quickly moved his way from tenth into fifth, seeding himself as the best mover in the race. A close battle with Gary Wilson in the closing stages saw Verryt make a pass for fourth place on the penultimate lap.
“We were side by side for about four laps. Gary had no back end grip so his back end was all over the place,” said Verryt.
“I tried to pass him on turn five and six but Gary had lost control that bad I had no room to make the move. Gary lost control on the corner of the start of the back straight, I had a good run out of the corner and got past him - but great racing between both of us side by side with no contact for three laps.”
With Morris now out in front by an astonishing fifteen seconds, Osborne and Spark continued to squabble over second place.
With an unassailable fifteen second lead Morris took his second win of the season over Greg Spark and Mitch Osborne. Paul Verryt, Gary Wilson, Jason Gibbs, Andrew Johnston, Richard Gee, David Harker and Mark Wilson rounded out the top ten.
“Qualifying went really well. I really only had one real good crack at a flying lap later on in the session and despite getting a bit out of shape at the end of the straight we managed to put together a pretty good lap,” said Morris.
“The start was good, I knew Greg was there and to be honest I didn't think he would have a crack at the start but tops to him as he almost pulled it off. But after turn two I was comfortably ahead and I managed to continually build the gap and pull away from the field.
“The car is really good to drive especially in the rain. If it rains I believe we can definitely challenge for the round win at Hampton Downs, however if it is dry we should be there or thereabouts.”
The second race saw Mark Wilson start from pole position for the reverse-top-ten with David Harker starting alongside.
Starting from sixth and seventh respectively, Gary Wilson and Mitch Osborne made the best starts immediately moving to the front of the field – Osborne taking the lead into turn two whilst Wilson slotted into third place. By the second corner pole sitter Mark Wilson had already slipped back to ninth as the faster cars filled through.
At the head of the field Osborne had already extended his lead over Wilson to three seconds. Race one winner Shaun Morris quickly moved into fourth position – then proceeding to move past Andrew Johnston for third.
After suffering with a misfire issue in Saturday’s opening race, Richard Gee returned with hopes of a better result. However the second race all came undone on lap six when the engine mount in his EG Civic failed causing Gee to lose all steering and breaking on the fast back straight where cars reach over 200kph.
"The car just shuddered as soon as I touched the brakes and then there was no steering, no drive and very little in the way of brakes," said Gee.
"It ended up pointing straight up the startline straight and stopped at Turn 1. I must admit to being quite surprised when I opened the bonnet to find the engine had virtually left the engine bay. Best bit was Colin Abah and Brent Hay jumping in to help along with AJ. Without them there is no way I could have made the final race."
Having missed the opening day of racing on Saturday, ST Automotive driver Shane Parsons started from the rear of the field for race two. The former full time Honda Cup competitor returned for Taupo, however not racing for points.
Starting from fifteenth, Parsons carved his way through the field to take the lead ultimately taking the race win by a one and a half second over Gary Wilson. Mitch Osborne rounded out the top three just half a second behind Wilson. Johnston, Morris, Verryt, Tunley, Miller, Spark and Harker completed the top ten.
After a so far nightmarish weekend Mark Wilson again started from the lead of the field for the final race of the weekend.
Jason Gibbs relatively uneventful weekend which had seen him net a sixth and twelfth place finish came to a grinding halt in the final race of the weekend - gearbox gremlins forcing Gibbs to limp around to the finish.
“Everything was going well. The car was feeling strong then half way down the back straight I changed into fourth gear and it just revved right up. Nothing was there so I just kept racing using third and fifth gear,” said Gibbs.
At the front of the field Mark Wilson continued to lead by fifteen seconds over Paul Verryt, Wilson turning a tough weekend around with the final race win.
Shane Parsons’s third place cemented an ST Automotive built engines top three, Whilst Waikato Honda driver Greg Spark and KABA Security driver Shaun Morris finished in fourth and fifth respectively.
The Motul Honda Cup series now heads back to where it started at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park for the final round of the series where Gary Wilson will try to hold out category rookie Paul Verryt for series honours.
Article by Velocity.
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Motul Honda Cup round 6
Taupo long track Saturday April 18 and Sunday April 19
After a very competitive round on the short track, it’s back to the Taupo long track for the penultimate round of the season. If you’re in with a shot at a title, then you can’t afford to miss it but if you are just coming along for the fun, then there is no better place than on the Motul Honda Cup grid!
We will have our usual practice session, and there will be three races – 8 laps, 8 laps and 10 laps. Plenty of track time in other words, and testing on Friday as usual.
These can be found at the usual place – www.motorsportentry.com.
These can also be found in the motorsportentry web pages in the same area as the entry form.
GARY WILSON WINS ENTHRALLING FOURTH ROUND
Round four of the Motul Honda Cup series would start without series leader Ryan Macartney as mechanical issues from Pukekohe were unable to be resolved before the fourth round.
"It was the same problem I had at Puke for race two and three" said the disconsolate Macartney at Taupo...
"I'm in the process of elimination trying to find the fault, I'm thinking its electrical. I couldn't fix it earlier because I was waiting for gearbox parts so we couldn't run the engine to diagnose the issue."
Qualifying for the first race of the weekend saw the top five drivers separated by just four tenths of a second, with Paul Verryt and Tim Pollard even closer split by just three thousandths of a second. Warren Tunley and Gary Wilson lined up in third and fourth on the second row with Oliver Heycoop and Shane Haitana in fourth and fifth respectively.
Shane Haitana's woes at Taupo Motorsport Park continued even before the race had started when he was forced to pit on the warm up lap. "With two corners to go before the start the distributor broke destroying everything on the inside of it," he explained.
Starting from pole position Paul Verryt made the most of his inside starting position to take the lead into turn one. At the completion of lap one Verryt lead the way from Tim Pollard, Gary Wilson, Warren Tunley, Mitch Osborne, Andrew Johnston, Oliver Heycoop, David Miller, Tony Walker, Jamie Wiggins and Shaun Morris.
A great start by Mitch Osborne saw him jump from eighth on the grid to fifth by the fourth turn, pushing Oliver Heycoop back to sixth. However on lap three Osborne struck trouble when third gear failed, and this ultimately dropped him back to ninth place at the flag.
A fast start by Waikato Honda driver Andrew Johnston saw him make quick work of Oliver Heycoop on the exit of turn seven on the opening lap then moving past Osborne moments later, Johnston revelling in a new spec gearbox.
With Osbornes gearbox failing, Heycoop made a pass for fifth position down the inside under brakes into the chicane. David Miller followed suit, passing Osborne into turn one.
At the front of the field Verryt held a comfortable lead over Pollard, Verryt eventually taking the win by nearly two seconds with Wilson a further eight tenths behind Pollard.
Andrew Johnston finished an impressive fourth after starting seventh with Warren Tunley in fifth after dropping two places to Wilson and Johnston. Oliver Heycoop, David Miller, Jamie Wiggins, Mitch Osborne and Shaun Morris rounded out the top ten.
The second race of the weekend saw a record fourth straight reverse-top-ten pole position for KABA Civic driver Shaun Morris.
Morris' lead didn't last long as Osborne again made a flying start to take the lead into turn one, Morris dropping back to fourth by the first corner as Jamie Wiggins and David Miller made their way past.
"I stuffed up the start a bit. As the faster cars came through I was left in no man's land so I didn't really have anyone to race with" said Morris.
It didn't take long for drama to unfold as Shane Haitana clipped the rear of David Harker sending him into a spin and into the inside tyre sending him back across the track and into the path of Jason Gibbs.
"Haitana came up the inside and spun David Harker. I picked the line to go around him but what I didn't account for was the fact that he was going to hit the tyres and bounce right back out into the track" explained Gibbs.
"I put my foot to the floor to try and straighten myself out and get off the track because the last thing I wanted to do was put my foot on the brakes and have someone hit me."
With Gibbs and Harker well off the track the race continued - Wiggins passing Osborne early on to lead the race from Miller, Osborne, Wilson and Heycoop.
Wilson then made quick work of Osborne and Miller to move into second place. With four laps to go Wilson then made a move on Wiggins at the fast turn eight left hander to take the lead of the race.
"Jamie's hard to pass because he was going wide and ducking back across" said Wilson.
"I could get up beside him but he'd have more acceleration. That was the hard part."
Wiggins continued to lose position as Oliver Heycoop dived down the inside at turn one to take second place.
"[Jamie] pulled away on the straight but I dived down the inside at turn one. I didn't think I could catch Gary, I was trying to but my tyres had gone off." Said Heycoop.
Heycoop would be unable to make any ground on Wilson as he opened up a one and a half second lead, the final race order seeing the oldest competitor win from the youngest competitor. Jamie Wiggins eventually finished just over two and a half seconds behind leader Wilson.
"I was keeping an eye on him in my mirrors" said Wilson
"I knew with a couple of laps to go all I had to do was to not make a mistake. If you make a mistake you can lose a hundred metres."
David Miller held on for a solid fourth place from Andrew Johnston. Paul Verryt, Tim Pollard, Warren Tunley, Mitch Osborne and Mark Wilson rounded out the top ten.
The final race of the weekend saw Jason Gibbs start from pole position for the handicapper. Due to the mechanical failure and DNF on race one and two, Gibbs was immediately given a substantial lead.
The race remained relatively uneventful until Paul Verryt spun at the fast left hander before the sweeper - Verryt's fuel tank falling out from under the car, causing the DC2 to spin on its own fuel.
Late in the race passes in the midfield saw Oliver Heycoop move past Richard Gee for fifteenth. Heycoop then moved past William Yu and Gary Morell to finish in twelfth place.
As the rest of the field filled through it was clear to see Gibbs would be untouchable with the mechanical gremlins now resolved. Gibbs taking an eight second win over Brent Hay who had been running older tyres throughout the weekend.
Notable performances in the final race included Jamie Wiggins coming from the back of the grid to take third place. David Harker finished in a solid fifth position after his demise in the second race and was followed home by Greg Spark in fifth for one of his best results of the season.
David Miller continued a run top ten finishes claiming sixth position. After a dismal weekend which saw Shaun Morris battle with engine temperature issues, the Auckland based driver finished in seventh having started from the mid pack. Round winner Gary Wilson finished in eighth ahead of Mark Wilson and Linda Grey rounding out the top ten.
Richard Gee continues to lead the N1 standings after topping the class at the latest round and now sits twenty three points ahead of William Yu. Mitch Osborne continues to dominate H1 ahead of a distant Jason Gibbs and Shane Hine. Gary Wilson remains on top of H2 with Shaun Morris in second. Despite a DNF in the final race Paul Verryt moves into the lead of H3, whilst Andrew Johnston leads Martin Dunn who also failed to race in H4.
Gary Wilson now leads the series which returns to Taupo Motorsport Park at the end of February. With Macartney failing to appear at the latest round Paul Verryt now moves into second place thirty five points behinds leader Wilson who sits on three hundred and seventy points.
Article and photo by Velocity.
The 2015 Totalspan Soap Box Derby is only 12 days away...are you ready?
The 3rd annual 2015 Totalspan Soap Box Derby will be held from 9.00am on Anniversary Weekend, Monday 19 January, 2015.
More than 3,000 people attended last year to watch this crazy event!
Raced down the now infamous "Queens Park Raceway" this race track provides participants and spectators with unforgettable thrills and spills.
It's not too late to enter or build a cart.
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Contact the race organisers:
- Mick Paul - 0274420378
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VERRYT WINS DRAMATIC THIRD ROUND AT FUCHS 500
The third round of the Motul Honda Cup got underway in treacherous conditions at Pukekohe Park Raceway. With dark clouds rolling in before the start of qualifying, many made the gamble to go out on slick tyres. For many it would prove to be the wrong choice as a brief but heavy shower doused the circuit just a few minutes before the session got underway.
With more than half of the field stranded on slick tyres, a strategic play to have wet tyres ready to switch onto in the pitlane by youngster Oliver Heycoop netted him a pole position – The eighteen year old a full two seconds ahead of his nearest rival Mark Wilson.
"[Taking pole position] was completely unexpected. I had never driven in the wet on the Hankook wet tyre. I must say I was very impressed, and it gave me confidence to push. I had a feeling I'd be somewhere near the front, but not to that extent.
"We learnt from the practice session the day before there's more to lose going out on wets on a dry track than slicks in the damp. It was a hot day, so the track would dry out fast, which was also aided by the Supertrucks running before us" said Heycoop.
A late decision by series front runner Gary Wilson saw the Surtees Trailers driver change from slicks to wets just moments before the start of the session, the move proving pivotal as he would finish the session third quickest. Series leader Ryan Macartney didn't fare as well as he finished the session in thirteenth after going out on slicks.
Shaun Morris was just one of many to be caught out by the tricky conditions as he struggled for grip on the wet Pukekohe Park Raceway.
"I have a lot of confidence in the car and have driven in those conditions before, so I was keen to give it a good crack" explained Morris.
"I was struggling under brakes as the car had too much rear bias and I don't have an in car adjuster. [It's] something we will look at going forward. It doesn't help Castrol is the slipperiest corner on the track too and that wall is pretty close."
Starting from pole position on a now dry track, Heycoop took the lead going into turn one, already establishing a small margin over Gary Wilson who'd made his way past series rookie Mark Wilson to move into second.
Heycoop's lead was short lived however as he a missed gear exiting turn four, Heycoop eventually dropping to sixth by the end of the second lap.
The battle for the lead continued as Warren Tunley moved to the inside of Gary Wilson on the front straight. Tunley's superior straight line speed allowing him to make an easy move on lap two, Shane Haitana with a similar manoeuvre on the back straight just moments later.
Starting from thirteenth series leader Ryan Macartney had moved his way into third by the completion of the sixth lap. The Fulton Automotive driver made quick work of Shane Haitana on the back straight passing Haitana down the inside at turn five.
With a lap remaining Macartney sat on the rear of the Warren Tunley Motorsport DC5. It appeared Tunley had done enough to claim victory in his return to the season, but with just two corners remaining Macartney made a spectacular pass around the outside of Tunley to take the lead heading into the final corner.
"I knew it would be a challenge but I just kept calm trying not to make any mistakes while still pushing as hard as I could" explained Macartney after the race win.
"I was really surprised I pulled it off to be honest."
Shane Haitana eventually finished the race in third with Paul Verryt a further second behind in fourth. Martin Dunn, Gary Wilson, Oliver Heycoop, Mitch Osborne, Shane Parsons and Shaun Morris rounded out the top ten for race one.
The second race of the weekend saw Linda Grey and Scott Silver start off the front row. Silver made quick work of Grey making a move for the lead around the outside of turn one soon after the start.
In a relatively incident free race, Shane Hine was one of a few drivers to had an off as he went onto the grass at turn five in the closing stages of the race.
After a convincing third place in the opening race of the weekend it appeared as though Shane Haitana's bad luck that had plagued him at Taupo had all but gone, until midway through the race Haitana was forced to retire with a broken gearbox.
"I was going into turn two and went to change down to fourth gear and it wouldn't go.
"I tried six or seven times and I finally found third and then started to go up the back straight and something wasn't right with the gearbox so I had to stop."
Haitana would not return for the third race of the weekend. Garry Morrell, Andrew Franks and Simon Murray would all be missing from the race three grid due to mechanical dramas.
Race one winner Ryan Macartney struck trouble early on in the race suffering a similar fate to Haitiana with a gearbox failure on lap four putting an end to his charge.
"We spent between race one and two changing the gearbox - which luckily heaps of people helped out with - after I heard a strange noise coming from the box on warm down lap" said Macartney.
"In race one then in race 2 had a different problem I think linked to fuel but I'm not sure yet. The car was un-driveable so I was forced to stop early."
Up front Scott Silver continued to gap the field leading by ten seconds over his nearest rival Jason Gibbs. The early stages of the race saw Gibbs move into fifth on lap three, passing Tony Walker on the front straight, Gibbs then making a nearly identical move on Grey a lap later.
Gibbs however didn't have the pace to catch Silver as he streaked away with the win over Gibbs in a distant second, Jason Weel just a few tenths behind Gibbs in third. Shane Hine ultimately finished the race in fourth despite an off ahead of Tony Walker in fifth. The top ten rounded out by debutant Lance Somervell, William Yu, Brent Hay, David Harker and Greg Spark.
The final race of the weekend saw the top ten finishers from race one in reverse order. This saw Shaun Morris start from pole position alongside Shane Parsons in the Andrew Johnston owned EM2 Civic.
Starting from pole for the third time this season, Morris made a poor getaway allowing Parsons and several others by in the opening corners of the race.
"I stuffed the start up big time. My initial launch was good but I picked up too much wheel spin and went backwards at the start.
"The rest of the race was all about trying to keep the higher horsepower cars behind. I found I was able to pull a big enough gap through turns one to four so they couldn't pass me down the straight."
Martin Dunn's race came to a premature end becoming the first of a few to retire from the race, Dunn pulling off soon after exiting the hairpin with a mechanical failure. Linda Grey didn't fare much better as she was forced to pull off.
Tony Walker made a trip to the escape road on lap six after a large lock up on the run down to turn five forced the Waikato Honda driver to take evasive action.
Race one winner Ryan Macartney's woes continued in race three with the issue that plagued the Fulton Automotive driver recurring in the early stage of the race.
"The problem still wasn't fixed in race 3" said Macartney.
"I could only rev out to seven thousand [rpm] which was like going for a Sunday drive, but luckily it managed to be enough to finish the race. I hardly had to use brakes it was that slow."
Starting from ninth Warren Tunley moved his way up into fourth in the early stages of the race battling with seasoned veteran Gary Wilson for the top five positions, surrounded by the likes of Jamie Wiggins, David Miller and Shaun Morris.
Whilst battling for position a bizarre incident occurred when the last lap board was put out on lap seven due to an error at the finish line flag post. Believing the race was finished a lap later, many slowed down to put in at the end of the lap. However the race continued to lap ten when the chequered flag was eventually waved.
The official result was taken at the end of lap ten giving Paul Verryt the win with Shane Parsons and Oliver Heycoop in second and third respectively. A decision was later made by Honda Cup to award points from lap eight.
A statement released by Honda Cup following the incident confirmed the result for the third and final race.
"Our view is that there was enough information – albeit incorrect – for drivers to safely assume that the race was only 8 laps and to assume there would be no chequered flag or that they had missed it.
"Based on the information provided to them before the race and up to lap 8 there was no reason for them to assume the race distance was still 10 laps as had been originally scheduled and agreed before the meeting.
"We have therefore decided that whilst the official result stands, Honda Cup points will be awarded on the basis of the running order at the completion of eight laps."
The final points saw Paul Verryt take the round win on ninety three points followed by Ryan Macartney on seventy eight and Warren Tunley on seventy one. Second place in the series Gary Wilson finished fourth equal on sixty six points with Shane Parsons.
The Motul Honda Cup series now heads south in the new year to Taupo Motorsport Park for the fourth round of the series.
Article by Simon Chapman.
FIRST WIN FOR SERIES ROOKIE AS MACARTNEY TAKES OUT
Ryan Macartney has taken over the Honda Cup points lead from round one winner Gary Wilson after the Surtees Trailers driver struck trouble in the first race.
A first, second, and third place finish netted Macartney the round win as well as the series lead. Series newcomer Mitch Osborne demonstrated how to drive a Reverse Top Ten race and took an impressive victory in the second race whilst youngster Mitchell Turner took a lights-to-flag win in the final race.
Starting from pole position Wilson and second place starter Ryan Macartney skipped away from the field in the opening laps of the race. After missing the first round of the series young gun Oliver Heycoop started from third place, however a flying start by both Martin Dunn and Shane Haitana put Heycoop to fifth place after the opening set of corners.
"Because of a few set up changes I didn't have full confidence in my car during the first two laps" said Heycoop.
"This hurt me at the start as it meant I couldn't attack on the opening lap, and left me struggling to hold position.
"In the end I dropped back to sixth, but as the car came back to me I managed to fight my way forward. But issues with my brakes meant I had to slow down and settle for fifth."
Whilst Wilson and Macartney battled for the lead some five seconds ahead of their nearest rivals, Dunn and Haitana had a battle of their own for the minor placings. Haitana hounded the rear of Dunn's DC5 Integra in the opening stanza of the race but a mechanical failure midway through the race ended Haitana's chances of a podium finish.
"The car was going good. I was trying to find a way around Martin and on lap six I went into turn one and the right hand inner cv broke on me" said Haitana.
"I didn't want to hold people up behind me because I was driving slowly so I went off at turn two."
Haitana wasn't the only one to strike trouble, both Gary Wilson and Andrew Johnston suffering the same failure within just a matter of laps of each other, Johnson the first to strike trouble pulling off at turn one, Wilson pulling off two laps later.
With Wilson now out of the race Macartney strode away with the win taking victory by twelve seconds over Dunn who'd inherited second place after Wilsons failure. Series rookie Paul Verryt came home just a second behind Dunn after a heated battle for second place with just a matter of laps remaining. David Miller and Heycoop, Brent Hay, Osborne, Warren Tunley, Gary Morrell and Shaun Morris rounding out the top ten.
Race two of the weekend saw a reverse-top-ten finish put Shaun Morris on pole position with Garry Morrell starting alongside him. Shane Haitana's woes continued as he failed to make the start pulling off at turn two, a recurring mechanical issue with the cv ending his race before it had even started.
Mitch Osborne made the most of his fourth place start making a flying getaway from the second row of the grid to take the lead going into turn one from Morrell and Morris.
Simon Murray found himself facing the wrong way on just the second lap at turn two after it appeared he spun on his own. Mark Wilson was forced to take avoiding action, Murray dropping to the back of the field.
Drama then unfolded just moments later at the front of the field as Garry Morrell tagged Martin Dunn at the turn eleven sweeper, sending the DC5 sideways and across the track. Oliver Heycoop was fortunate to get away with minor damage as he swiped the front of Dunn's car.
"As I was making a pass at turn eleven Gary Morrell and Martin Dunn had a coming together entering the back straight, which caused Martin to spear across the track.
"I tried to duck to the inside, but he (Martin) hit me in the rear, which left a bit of panel damage, but fortunately didn't affect the handling of the car" said Heycoop.
Brent Hay however wasn't as fortunate as he was sent into a spin after Verryt made contact with the rear of Hay's DC2 trying to avoid the incident ahead. Both sustained minor damage but Hay and Martin were both forced to retire.
"Martin and Gary were having a good battle just in front and they came together on the last corner before the back straight" said Hay after the incident.
"I buttoned off not knowing which way they were going to go and got a decent hit from behind. I was left facing the wrong way with cars narrowly missing me. I managed to get it started again but the rear guard was sitting on the tyre causing smoke to enter the cabin, so I wasn't able to finish."
Up front the hard charging Macartney, who had started from tenth place, had moved his way into second place ahead of Warren Tunley just a few laps into the race.
Lap three saw Linda Grey in her freshly painted orange EK Civic come close to being involved in a big incident when she spun at the exit of turn four, Tony Walker narrowly missing Grey.
Mitch Osborne continued to lead up front with a solid advantage over his nearest rival Ryan Macartney. But Osborne nearly threw it all away as he ran wide on the rumble strip between turn four and five, Osborne losing the rear end of his EG Civic lucky not to spin out and hand the lead to McCartney.
Oliver Heycoop made quick work of Warren Tunley to move up into third place, Tunley eventually finishing the race in eighth. Osbornes lead by this point was out to some five seconds, the hard charging Macartney coming within striking distance with just a lap to go.
Up front however it was Osborne who took the win by just half a second over Ryan Macartney. Oliver Heycoop came home in third place with Gary Wilson in an impressive fourth place after starting from the back of the grid. Paul Verrty, David Miller, Andrew Johnston, Warren Tunley, Gary Morell and Shaun Morris rounded out the top ten.
The final race of the day saw Mitchell Turner start from the front for the handicap race. The battles however would not take place upfront but in the mid pack as the faster driver squabbled for position.
Oliver Heycoop and Shane Haitana battled hard for position in the early stages of the race, the pair running two wide through the fast turn eight left hander, Heycoop holding out to take the place. Haitana soon regained the position but just a few laps after the battle Haitana was again forced to retire with another mechanical failure.
Andrew Franks and Linda Grey were the only other retirements in the final race a suspected ignition module failure for both on the second to last lap both putting an end to their race.
Mitchell Turner ultimately took out the final race of the weekend holding his own to win by nearly ten seconds ahead of Tony Walker and Ryan Macartney. Shaun Morris, Shane Hine rounded out the top five. Brent Hay made some quick repairs between the two races to return for the final race and bring home an impressive six placing with fellow racer David Miller in seventh. A slightly wounded Paul Verryt finished eighth with William Yu and Gary Wilson rounding out the top ten.
Ryan Macartney now leads the series on 225 points ahead of Gary Wilson who sits on 190 points. Paul Verryt sits a further sixteen points behind on 174 points. Mitch Osborne currently sits atop the H1 class and fourth overall in the series, Jason Gibbs second in class. Wilson still holds top spot in H2 ahead of Shaun Morris and Brent Hay whilst Macartney leads H3 from Paul Verryt and Warren Tunley. Andrew Johnston currently holds top spot in H4. Richard Gee leads the new N1 class from Simon Murray and William Yu.
The series now heads north for the third round of the series in support for the NZ SuperTourers at Pukekohe Park Raceway for the Pukekohe 500 where series leader Ryan Macartney will look to extend his series lead.
Article by Velocity.
Photo by Simon Chapman.
Thrills and Spills at Honda Cup Opener - Wilson
Race one of the 2014/15 season saw Ryan McCartney and series debutant Paul Verryt in the ex-Mark Walters Integra start from the front row with Wilson and Jamie Wiggins behind.
Verryt took the initial lead into turn one with McCartney in behind. 2013/14 series runner up Martin Dunn - who started from fifth place - was already challenging for third with Wilson as the field headed into turn two.
By the end of lap one the inexperienced Verryt had slipped back to fourth after making a mistake at the turn four hairpin as he ran wide. McCartney continued to lead - Wilson close behind, with Dunn one second adrift.
Former H1 champions Warren Tunley made his series return after a one year hiatus from the class returning in the former Squawking Magpies DC5 Integra. Lap three saw Tunley battle with Andrew Johnston over the top of turn three taking sixth place. Tunley however dropped back to eight by the completion of the race.
Shane Haitana was the first to retire from the opening race due to a broken left front CV on the run down to turn five. Haitana had been running in the top ten at the time until the failure ended his race. The only other retirement came when David Miller suffered clutch issues, forced to pull of the track at turn two with only one lap remaining.
McCartney capped off a flawless race taking the chequered flag ahead of Wilson and Dunn. Verryt ended his race in fourth with Wiggings, Johnston, debutant Mitch Osborne, Tunley, Hay and Morris rounding out the top ten.
The second race of the weekend got underway in dramatic fashion when rookie Mitch Osborne spun at the exit of turn one. Starting from the second row Osborne made a good get away to take the lead into turn one but spun in the damp conditions on slicks. Osborne was lucky to not be collected by the twenty car strong field, others however were not so lucky.
As the field went to avoid the stricken number ten, Linda Gray was hit by Jason Weel after he made contact with Richard Gee which in turn launched Gray into the adjacent Armco barrier. The damage to Gray and Weel subsequently put them both out for the remainder of the weekend.
Martin Dunn was caught up in a separate incident just seconds later on the run down to turn two as he made contact with Verryt. Dunn was sent spinning into the wall, coming out the crash with damage to the front and rear.
With cars stranded at the exit of the first corner – the red flag was brought out, and the race fully restarted.
On the restart the now depleted field headed into turn one tentatively with Osborne –who retained his original grid start – the leader coming into the fourth turn. Dunn quickly moved up into second making way of Morris in the opening stages of the race. After just two laps Wilson had moved his way up into third after starting ninth.
By lap four Dunn had move past Osborne and into the lead with McCartney close behind. However, the damage sustained in the early stages of the race became too much, Dunn forced to pit and retire just moments later after taking the lead.
Shane Haitana had since fixed his car after his race one demise, and made quick work of David Harker after starting at the back of the field.
With Verryt now past McCartney and Wilson, the series rookie held onto the lead to take his maiden victory in just his second race, crossing the line just three tenths ahead of Wilson with McCartney a further half second behind the leader.
The third and final race of the weekend saw the traditional handicap race take place. Shane Hine started from the front with Jason Gibbs and Drew Franks starting just a few seconds behind.
With Hine, Gibbs, Franks and Morrell out front – Shaun Morris was the first to catch the group. Soon after Morrell made his move on Franks, Morris made his move on the EF racer on lap five. On lap seven the faster pairing of McCartney and Wilson had caught Morris. As Morris headed down the straight towards the final corner the battling McCartney and Wilson moved to either side of Morris – Wilson taking the position from McCartney in the process.
Wilson and McCartney continued to battle along the front straight, the pair racing side-by-side as they crossed the start/finish line.
Moments later McCartney made contact with Wilson as they headed into turn two. Both suffered cosmetic damage, McCartney however worse off.
"My tyres just went off so I had no grip and locked up a bit" Said McCartney post race.
A last lap pass by Wilson on Jason Gibbs handed Wilson the win, stopping any chance of another rookie taking their maiden win in the series. After the earlier contact with Wilson, McCartney dropped off the back of Wilson. As Wilson crosses the line for victory, McCartney again struck trouble.
"The engine dropped a valve on the finish line" said McCartney.
"[This season] I repowered the car with Jamie Wiggin's old B-series engine. I've since pulled the engine out of car and dismantled it…there's major engine damage [but] I'm planning on getting car ready within 3 weeks" said McCartney.
The final race positions stood with Wilson on top, Gibbs second and McCartney third. Morrell, Verryt, Murray, Johnston, Osborne, Hine, and Jamie Wiggins rounded out the top ten.
Wilson's two second places and race win now gives him the championship heading into the second round at Taupo Motorsport Park. Wilson currently sits on 135 points with McCartney trailing by just ten on 125. Paul Verrty sits in third on 100. Simon Murray leads the new N1 championship ahead of David Harker. Mitch Osborne leads the H1 championship, whilst Gary Wilson leads the overall and H2 championship. Ryan McCartney leads the H3 championship with Andrew Johnston on top of the H4 championship.
Article and Photo by Velocity.
Motul Honda Cup October Update
It's almost Motul Honda Cup time again and as ever, our first round kicks off at Hampton Downs as part of the NZRDL series of events. We then move on to Taupo with a guest appearance for the IRC at the end of October before our traditional BNT V8 SuperTourer event at Pukekohe at the end of November. So it's going to be a great three rounds before Christmas, with the better weather coming and plenty of interest in the Cup as you will read from our potential entry list at the end of this email.
Hi to all of the new guys that will be making their first steps in car racing with Honda Cup and also welcome back to the few who are back after a season with itchy feet on the sidelines.
What's neat about this coming season is that we are almost certain to have some new race winners and we are guaranteed a new champion! Excellent.
Well, the major thing is the new class, N1, which has created a bit of a stir out there and which has huge potential to form a great standard production feeder class for the modified classes. We'll get underway with a nice small group and there will be many more to come. Who knows, it may even end up at some stage as its own grid!
We have a new Motul tent and flags on the way too, and a couple of new sponsors.
The schedule is still to come but we will be located on the skid pan. Testing (which always is an additional charge) will take place for anyone that wants it on the Friday and that will also be set up day for us, so if anyone is willing to help that would be great. Qually and one race Saturday and two races on Sunday.
If you have not got your entries in yet, you can do so at www.motorsportentry.com – this is a little time consuming if you have never done it before but once you have loaded up your details it is much easier to enter on an on-going basis. Please note if you need a transponder you can also book it on the form. Please note again that the NZRDL rounds offer the lowest cost racing anywhere in NZ for a two day event (as indeed is the on-site accommodation) and we will generally be paying at least $100 less than other series per round. That can't be bad!
Whilst it is not compulsory by any means, we feel the best part about the Honda Cup is the community environment (both good and bad) and we would respectfully request that everyone paddocks together rather than disappearing off on their own and hiring a pit garage. Guys – it's just more fun together! Most people have nice Eziups these days and cheapo ones are very cheapo and do the job nicely.
Al has one spare pint tent available for anyone that needs it and can probably come to some suitable arrangement for the seasons use.
For HD as normal, trailers can be left below the paddock area in the rough area that is between the paddock and the circuit just after Turn 1. It's pretty obvious where that is when you arrive.
Sponsor Presentation – Race Products (Hawke and Brembo)
We will hopefully be doing a number of these over the coming season and at Round 1 Chris Petch of Racer Products will be coming along on Saturday (at a time to be confirmed) to show us some of the brake products we can access at a very discounted rate. They are agents for Brembo and Hawke products and they have constructed a special deal for us on Hawke Blue pads – these are the same pads branded for us as Brembos last year and also the most popular racing pad in the USA.
If you have Honda callipers, XYZ or Wilwood, then Chris has pads for front and rear applications on hopefully ALL of our cars. You can contact him in advance on 021-748-665 or by emailing him at email@example.com. He's a busy guy, so be persistent because the product and price are very good and that is what this series is all about.
For information, Racer Products offer arrange of motorsport stuff – helmets, wearables, harnesses etc as well as brakes – and we get a discount on all so it is definitely worth meeting Chris and asking him about stuff if you need anything like the aforementioned.
There is a great deal available on licensing the transponders we need to go racing. This will save you from hiring every round and does not require the huge up front payment – it is $199 plus $100 every year after you are racing. For many this will work out as by far the cheapest option. Contact Richard if you want more details, he's just got one so knows all about it: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disappointingly, one or two issues with supply despite the series rationalising the range in line with the request of the supplier. If you have any issues, please contact me – email@example.com – and we will work to resolve them so you can go racing. If you cannot get the tyre you want and need to run something else, we can accommodate that. It is only fair.
As ever the Saturday afternoon lard out BBQ and beer courtesy of Surtees Trailers (for all your trailer requirements!) will take place after the first Motul Honda Cup race and we are encouraging everyone to come along to talk about the one that got away, how fast they will be on Sunday etc etc. Seriously though folks, it's what the community is all about and you might learn a lot about how to take a particular corner or set up the car – and for our drivers it's free!
Hampton Downs still has a few apartments available for the weekend – the more that stay in one the cheaper it gets – call Rangi at Hampton Downs on 09 280 6590 or you can email them on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will be issued soon – but on the card are Honda Cup, Rotaries, NZ Sportscars, NZ Superlap, Superkarts and two grids of 2K Cup cars.
A reminder that our new class N1 is targeted at basic production cars of 1.6 capacity and the rules are available. If you have a 1.6 that is not H1 and you want to run it – we ‘may' be able to depending on spec – so you will need to talk to Alan about your car and if it qualifies. There is a prize pool at the end of the season and anyone that wins the class at the round qualifies for a free entry to the next round. As Wattbike is part sponsoring that – if Richard (somehow!!) happens to be a class winner at any stage he will be waving that and the free entry will go the second placed car/driver.
Right, stick waving time! There are still a few to come in – please can you get this sorted. You need to note that for this year – NO MEMBERSHIP = NO RACING. The forms can be downloaded here and MUST be sent with membership payment for the series. There is still plenty of time to get this done. The form is attached and needs to be sent to Alan at email@example.com with notification of electronic payment or mailed as per below.
Series registration fee including membership to Honda Racing Drivers Club Inc [MSNZ affiliated and now listed on their licensing site as a club option] is $250.00. Please make payment by cheque or direct credit to Honda Cup Register.
Mail to: Secretary, Honda Cup, 1 Kent Rd, Wanganui.
Honda Cup Register bank account details: ASB Wanganui Branch,
Acc no 12 3163 0122305 00.
Please note there will be no exceptions to this for this season. Anyone that turns up without having joined Honda Cup and the Honda Racing Drivers Club included in that WILL NOT BE RACING . You have been warned!
Mahindra NIES Already Looking Forward
After three successful events in its inaugural year, organisers of the Mahindra North Island Endurance Series are not only reflecting on impressive facts and statistics - but are already setting dates and putting plans in place for the 2015 series and beyond.
"There are some very strong arguments that the series should be officially sanctioned in 2015 with that as a precursor to a full national endurance championship encompassing both the proven South Island Endurance Series and the Mahindra North Island Series," explained series chairman Kel McBeath. "Facts are far more compelling than words and we believe we have delivered a series that has the drivers and the sponsors buzzing and one which is already showing signs of attracting spectators back to motorsport on a regular basis rather than once or twice a year for the major events. 2015 is going to be even bigger and better and that is a guarantee."
According to McBeath, the facts speak for themselves. A one hour race at each of the three events with more than 20 competitors on each occasion and three hour races that had huge fields of 30 plus at Pukekohe, Taupo and the season finale at Hampton Downs were proof that there is demand for professionally organised and run endurance events in the North Island. Six hour races at Pukekohe and Hampton Downs continuing after the three hour races saw plenty of competitors double enter to attempt the longer enduros too.
For the purists there were cars to ogle at from Ferrari, Porsche, Seat, Chevrolet, Juno, Radical, Panoz, Holden, Ford, BMW, Honda, Nissan, Suzuki, Toyota and Mazda combining the full spectrum of engineering from contemporary international standard GT machinery, domestic V8 machines from all factions and ex-works touring cars from Japan and Europe, right through to lovingly built and maintained home built specials in the best traditions of kiwi motorsport.
The driver roster for the series was also one of great diversity. National V8 champions, international GT drivers including Porsche legend Craig Baird and experienced racers from endurance series on the South Island and Australia mixed it with serious club drivers from series like NZ sportscars, Castrol BMW, NZV8s, Pro 7, NZGT, Formula Ford, Formula First, Honda Cup and even the fledging 2K Cup. Present too, were plenty of new drivers at both club and 'gentlemen racer' level eager to experience the collective highs and lows of competitive endurance racing.
"We faced some unwanted competition from a rival series this season despite efforts to involve them and make them a part of what we were doing, but what's really neat about the team behind our events is that they did not get pre-occupied with that and were able to maintain a clear focus on the job at hand," added McBeath. "That's because they are all die-hard motor racing enthusiasts and have seen the problems faced by the sport in recent years and realise that the focus needs to be on delivering a great series package for competitors, and only that.
"The formation of the joint venture North Island Endurance Series Board which is a collaborative group comprising the North Island Endurance Racing Drivers Club, Historic Racing Club, Northern Sports Car Club and NZIGP, has brought some good people into the organising group. It is a strong group with arguably the best range of skills of any series organisers in NZ and I don't say that lightly".
"Even so, it would be wrong to say we didn't experience a few teething problems and occasional issues throughout the series, but we do believe we've got a good product and it's been great that Mahindra have recognised that and already got behind us for at least a further three years. They're racers too and have a stake in lots of motorsport projects around the world. They like the model we have created and you only need to look at the most successful endurance events in the world that have a multi-class structure and there are many parallels with what we are doing. That's encouraging and gives us real optimism that we are heading in the right direction.
"We very much wanted to make this a drivers' series and that's why all competitors must be members of the North Island Endurance Racing Drivers Club, which is a Motorsport NZ affiliated club. We're all in it together so to speak. We've built on that with a healthy prize pool which has been made possible because of the generosity and goodwill of some great partners and getting some decent TV slots in our first season was a real bonus and will continue and develop in 2015.
Dates and circuits for the 2015 Mahindra North Island Endurance series will be released soon to give existing and new competitors plenty of time to plan their campaigns and prepare - or even build their cars. Priority for entry will be given to competitors who took part in the first season, but there will be enough capacity and flexibility to absorb new competitors too.
Start of the Hampton Downs season finale photo courtesy of Simon Chapman.
Prize Pool Announced For Motul Honda Cup's New N1 Class
Motul Honda Cup has officially launched its new N1 entry level class with a prize package for drivers worth over $2,500.
The N1 class has been designed to get racers on the Honda Cup grid for $10,000 or under in homologated, caged Civic or Integra models. Engine and brake modifications are limited but there is plenty of scope for the home enthusiast to put their own stamp on a car build and set up. The cars are still expected to be quick and in the recent Mahindra North Island Endurance series three hour race at Hampton Downs, Honda Cup racer Shaun Morris (pictured) qualified a new N1 car 15th on the grid, ahead of all other Hondas in the race with a 1.16.4 lap. Cars must use low cost 15 inch Hankook tyres and Hawk brake pads as part of a set of rules designed solely to keep costs down and racing close. There are two choices of bodywork – either standard factory or aftermarket from NZ company Slipstream Performance.
For the first season the N1 class winner will win free entry to the next round of the series and there is a cash prize to be divided among the top three in the class at the end of the season of $1000. "With entry fees likely to average just over $200 per round it's definitely a motivator to get the cars out and come and play at all rounds and we have to thank the Historic Racing Club for supporting our N1 initiative in this way," said Honda Cup's Alan Stewart. "The Honda Cup and sponsor Wattbike are also putting up another $1000 as a prize to be split amongst the top three at the end of the season."
The class already has confirmed entries for this season from former Honda Cup champion Mark Walters in an EK Civic, race winner and third place finisher last season Richard Gee in an EG Civic, Dave Harker in his EK, Steve Hughes and Pierce Clarke in EGs, with at least three more cars likely to be on the first grid at Hampton Downs on September 27/28th.
Elsewhere in the Honda Cup, with champion Shane Parsons moving on to new challenges in his mega CRX, series runner up Martin Dunn could have his hands full for overall honours with challenges likely from Rob Sutherland in his K20 Integra DC2, Ryan McCartney in his re-engined 2 litre B Series EK Civic, Warren Tunley and Tim Pollard in K20-powered DC5 Integras, Olly Heycoop in a K20 powered EG Civic, as well as Shaun Morris, Gary Wilson, Brent Hay and Dave Miller in very rapid 1.8 powered cars. Stewart himself could also return for a round or two – in the unique K20 powered Honda Shuttle he has built.
Honda Cup release North island race dates
for the 2014-15 summer race series
We have gone for a nice spread between rounds, a mix of high, medium and low profile events.
Currently we are scheduled for one round with the V8ST which should be televised. Plus a round with the IRC which will be another first for us.
The North Island Winter Series will follow with three one-hour endurance rounds with an option of continuing on in the three hour.
- Round 1 – September 27/28th Hampton Downs
- Round 2 – October 25/26th Taupo IRC
- Round 3 – November 28/29/30th Pukekohe BNT V8 SuperTourers
- Round 4 – January 10/11th Taupo
- Round 5 – Febuary 28/March 1st Manfeild
- Round 6 – April 18/19th Taupo
- Round 7 – May 2/3rd Hampton Downs
Honda Cup North 2014 – Prize Giving
The Honda Cup North prize giving will be held on Saturday July 5, the same day as Round 2 of the North Island Endurance Series.
- Venue: Suncourt Hotel - Drinks at 6 PM, seated two course meal by 7pm and drinks after prize giving.
- Price: $50 each per head - payable to Honda Drivers Racing Club inc.
- Booking: Ph 060483 0131661 00 with Surname and number of diners.
- Queries: Phone Martin Dunn
- Drivers, crew, suporters and sponsors are all welcome.
Hugely Successful Club Race Series To Fire Up Winter
Following on from a record year in 2013 the Manawatu Car Club will again run four rounds of the Feilding Auto Electrical Winter Race Series at Manfeild Park from June to September.
Last year over 100 cars per round tore up the track making this arguably the most successful club race series in NZ.
Drivers from Wellington to Wanganui, New Plymouth to Napier and places far and wide will descend on Manfeild Park Raceway to pit their skills and machinery against local Manawatu Car Club racers. The competition is fierce but the emphasis is always on enjoyment and 'adrenalin therapy'. Most drivers would say it's just for fun, but once the revs rise and the flag drops.
There is a race class for everyone, from the brand-new rookie to the most seasoned racer, all with a 'C' grade competition licence. Cars range from shopping baskets to sports-racing prototypes, in time-bracket classes; RS Cup (Real Slow), SF Cup (Slightly Faster), IB Cup (In Between) and GT Cup (Unlimited). There is Formula Libre for open-wheelers, clubmans-style sports cars and homebuilt cars, Fujitsu Classics for pre-'78 classic cars and European Cup for the Continental marques.
Lunchtime will see the 'Troy Howard Motors Lucky Lone Lap Challenge', a one-lap standing-start sprint along the lines of 'A Star in a Reasonably Priced Car'. The Leader Board will build up over the series with the winner earning massive bragging rights as well as a handsome trophy. The organisers are hoping to find novice drivers who have never been on the track before to come and 'give it some jandal'. The sprint is a Clubsport Basic event so a competition licence is not required.
Spectator admission is free for the first three rounds. There is open access to the pits and everyone can get up close to view the cars and meet the drivers. It's a great family day out.
The final round is on Fathers Day September 7th which will coincide with the TR Group Truck Show in the Manfeild Park Stadium.
For further information contact Jeff Braid on 027 477 3337 or go to www.motorsportmanawatu.co.nz.
Honda Cup announces new race class for 2014-15
Jtune N1 Civic ready for testing.
Sometimes success can create its own issues and such has been the case for the high profile NZ Motul Honda Cup.
Heading into its 5th year, the intense competition and sharing of technical information has seen lap times around the country fall considerably. What was once considered to be a "hot" time is now being matched by the top 20% of the field. This has the effect of making it slightly more difficult for new inexperienced drivers to get "on the pace".
To ensure that Honda Cup continues to satisfy the needs of new and developing drivers and those who wish to race on a budget Honda Cup has returned to its roots and will now run a modified production class based on the popular EG and EK 2–door Civic and the equally popular B16A engine.
The class will be know as N1.
With strictly controlled body modification, engine modifications and tuning these cars will provide competitive exciting racing. The specification which is already popular amongst a number of Honda cup racers have proved to be easy to drive, competitive and ultra reliable.
This is where we started many years ago said Honda Cup Race Director Al Stewart. Maximum racing for minimum dollar is attractive to many and to a big exstent takes away the perceived advantage of a big budget.
Less bling and more seat time has always been Al's catch call and the N1 class can surely promise this.
An N1 car should be able to be built and racing for under $6000 and by using the deals we have negotiated for the controlled parts be able to put up some very reasonable lap times plus run for 2 or 3 season without any mechanical rebuild work required.
The B16A Honda VTEC engine is absolutely bullet proof and the best part is that they can be picked up for around the $200 mark and dropped straight into the car without any modifications.
There is nothing more exciting or rewarding than racing door to door in indentical cars where at the end of the day the winner is determined by the best driver and team.
We have been trialing cars of this specification and it is surprising how far up the grid they can get once a driver starts to develop his or her skills. We see it as an ideal way for youngsters to start out in motorsport or transmission from karting without making a big financial comittment.
Many parts on the cars are controlled such as brakes, brake pads, tyres, fuel. This helps to control cost and level the playing field.
All cars must run the same engine specification and use the same series supplied ECU.
We also see it as an ideal opportunity for tuning shops to get out there and promote themselves with a "mobile billboard".
Currently there are 3 cars already running and 5 more in the build stage. There are also many eligible cars currently running at club level that are eligible for the new series.
We are currently talking with potential class sponsors and finalising a list of approved parts and supplies all with the aim of controlling costs.
Mahindra North Island Endurance Series secure TV coverage
The inaugural Mahindra North Island Endurance Series has secured a TV package for its three events which blast off in June at the Pukekohe 6 Hours.
There will be a 30 minute round up of the series on TV3's CRC Motorsport after the conclusion of the series along with three minute race reports on Sky's new motorsports show Sky Speed (presented by Greg Murphy and Steven McIver) after each of the races. This will combine with regular updates during each weekend from the series social media partner Velocity along with the series' own marketing efforts.
The package was put together by Robert Young, Director of Mahindra New Zealand, who wanted to bring the racing action from the series to New Zealand motorsport fans.
"Its great news for the series and the competitors that TV coverage has been secured and it will add to our own coverage plan," explained series board member Kel McBeath.
"The major philosophy of the series is to put the drivers and teams first, and to get everyone working together off track to create three great events. Mainstream TV offers a great opportunity to the drivers to secure some valuable profile and airtime for themselves and their sponsors and we must thank our naming rights sponsor Mahindra for helping us make it all possible."
Organisers are aiming for grids of 45 cars at each of the three events and early interest has been huge, with several other key announcements on additional classes that will be created to cater for the demand imminent. Drivers can enter the series at motorsportentry or alternately call Karen Dovey on 0274995604.
The Mahindra North Island Endurance Series commences with the Pukekohe 6 Hour on June 7, before moving to Taupo on July 5 and concluding at Hampton Downs on July 26.
The Motul Delivery Van Livery
Round 6 - Taupo April 5 and 6
After the awesome racing throughout the field at Manfeild, we head back to Taupo for Round 6.
It will be a two day meeting with the Friday as the usual optional test day. We will have qually and one race on Saturday and two races on Sunday. The formats are still to be confirmed but will probably be 8 laps, 8 laps and 10 laps.
Entry can be found at motorsportentry as usual.
Very much hope to see you ALL there. The racing has been second to none recently – and clean – so let's keep the momentum up.
Next Round – Taupo
Game on for Round 5 at Taupo. Should be another epic - with all of the usual suspects plus the reigning champion. Can Shane keep the pressure on Martin? Can Martin maintain his championship lead? Will Rich finally get a full weekend of racing at his favourite track? Will Mark disappear into the distance? Will Gary hit Warp Factor 1 again for 1.6s? Can Dave, Brent, Jamie, Scott, Shaun, Olly or Ryan win Race 3 this time? Or Tristan? And will Rik be right on the pace? Will 2013 race winner Mitch Turner be back in the revved up pack? Might we see Logan or Nutty give in to temptation and get their new wheels out? And will any of the wannabe Vettels who thought they would turn up and spank the regulars at the start of the season dare show up again? All will be revealed over the weekend of April 5 and 6. It'll be epic - see you there.
North vs South Battle Provides Thrilling Finish
The Motul Honda Cup series headed back to the Manfeild Autocourse after almost two years absence. A favourite amongst the drivers, the field topped twenty four cars, including four cars from the south island for the once a year North versus South Battle.
Saturday kicked off with early morning qualifying. With not a cloud in sight, the cars headed out for the first session of the day. The regulars were up the front once again with the likes of Shane Parsons and Richard Gee going first and second fastest respectively.
South Islander Daniel Cropp was surprisingly fast in his midnight blue sleeper EG Honda Civic. Cropp went third fastest, just half a second of leader Shane Parsons. Martin Dunn continued his good run of form, with a time fast enough to go fourth quickest. David Miller was the real surprise of the day when he recorded the fifth fastest time. Miller even surprised himself. "It is my first time at the circuit," he explained. "People were coming up to me asking me which lines to take afterwards."
Race one of the weekend got underway with a ten lap rolling start. Shane Parsons lead Richard Gee into the first corner, followed by Cropp and Dunn. Gary Wilson would get the wholeshot on David Miller, putting him into fifth, Tristan Neate following suit pushing Miller back into seventh. Further back in the pack Oli Heycoop made a good start, but got pushed out wide after going three wide into turn one with Andrew Johnston and Tristan Neate on his inside. Heycoop, with nowhere to go went onto the grass verge losing several positions. He was then left to battle with the ever-improving Scott Silver, eventually finishing twelfth ahead of Silver and William Yu.
In the early stages of the race, an incident at the turn five hairpin had left Yu and several other competitors taking evasive action, trying to avoid the slowing car. Yu would lose time and positions as he spun onto the infield. Series leader Martin Dunn came close to passing Cropp at the turn five around the outside, but couldn't make it stick and Cropp was able to hold onto third.
As the laps ticked by, Gee came closer to catching Parsons in the Admark CRX. Meanwhile, David Miller continued to show pace passing Neate very cleanly after just two laps.
Come lap three, Gee made his move on Parsons going into turn one hanging it around the outside of one, and holding on into turn two. Gee held on to the lead for the remainder of the race taking the win convincingly by eleven seconds over the inform Dunn, and the slowing Parsons. Gary Wilson continued his consistent form in the H1 class, taking the win in class and finishing fourth overall.
David Miller finished where he started, a good comeback after a relatively slow start. Miller took fifth overall and first in the H2 class ahead of Andrew Johnston who finished sixth. South Island Daniel Cropp's race came to a premature end after six laps, mechanical issues forcing him out of the first race.
The drivers and teams who made the effort to come down were rewarded with excellent weather for Saturday, and Sunday would be no different. Race two started with a top ten reverse grid. Ryan Macartney started with Shaun Morris alongside him, Gary Morrell and Jason Wheel a row back. The race got underway in dramatic fashion, with cars touching bumper to bumper at turn one, Gary Wilson coming out the worst with damage to his bonnet, and the boot falling open.
A solid start for the front runners meant Dunn would be into third by the fourth corner. Parsons and Gee were not far behind in fifth and sixth respectively. MaCartney established a lead soon into the race, but was quickly caught up to by Parsons and Dunn. South Island speedster Daniel Cropp made quick work of the tail ender, getting right up alongside Oli Heycoop into the fifth corner by the first lap, getting up into the top ten after one laps racing.
Shane Haitana made his series debut earlier in the season, and immediately showed pace. Issues with his car meant cutting the track at turn five, trying to keep the car fired. Gary Morrell exited in spectacular fashion, the engine giving way down the front straight, leaving a smoke cloud the length of the front straight.
An epic battle ensued at the front of the field. Dunn, Parsons, and Gee quickly dispatched the slower cars, then gapping the field. Parsons took it to Dunn, lunging down the inside of Dunn at the turn five hairpin. Parsons, faster in a straight line made the pass on the run up to turn six. After getting passed Dunn, Parsons pulled a few car lengths from Dunn and Gee, taking the win in a temperamental car. Dunn and Gee finished close behind but unable to challenge as they each had problems with grip and with brakes respectively. Cropp took fourth while Miller continued his good run of form finishing sixth behind circuit expert Jason Weel.
The final race of the day featured a rollup-handicapper, with slow cars starting ahead of the faster cars with a time delay. Franks, Hine and Harker started from the front, gapping the field in hopes of holding on to the lead. With Dunn, Gee, Cropp, and Parsons starting at the back of the pack with a substantial deficit to the lead, it would take some fast driving to catch the leaders.
Dunn quickly dispatched Cropp at splash, but would lose the spot moments later at the hairpin. A hair-raising off for Oli Heycoop at the turn six sweeper saw him in the lane after just two laps. Oli was reporting a substantial vibration in the cockpit, left to circulate to gain class points.
Gee soon took the battle to Dunn, getting a better exit than Dunn on the final corner, making the pass down at turn one on the inside. Parsons performing a similar move, two laps later on Dunn. Further up the road, Cropp continued to make ground on the leaders, extending his lead over Gee.
With just a few laps remaining, the effect of the handicap started to show, with the leaders quickly caught by Morris and Wilson. Parsons quickness through the slower traffic soon put him ahead of Gee, the two battling down the straights, whilst trying to negotiate traffic. As the cars headed around the final turn, a mistake by Parsons left him bouncing over the gravel trap, handing the position to Gee and Dunn, with Scott Silver just ahead of the two.
South Islander Daniel Cropp ultimately taking the win ahead of the ever consistent Gary Wilson. Scott Silver crossed the line just ahead of Dunn and Gee. Parsons falling down to fourteenth place. "I'm not even sure what happened" said Parsons after the race. "I clearly didn't get enough sleep!" referring to his trip back to Tauranga during the night to reload his ECU software in the hope of curing some Day 1 gremlins.
The Motul Honda Cup series heads to the Ricoh Taupo Motorsport Park for the second time this season for round six. Dunn heads into the next round looking to further extend the championship lead.
Check out race 2 from Manfeild on board with Scott Silver.
Round report and photos courtesy of Simon Chapman and the boys at Velocity.
Round Five Entry Details
Round 5 is our much anticipated fifth round which will be at Manfeild. Missing from last year's calendar, it's great to be going back and it should be a cracking weekend of racing with cars coming up from the South Island Honda Cup series, plus Sportscars, Superkarts, a big Rotary field, Time Attack and 2K Cup.
Entries are now up on motorsportentry.
A map of the pit area can be downloaded from here.
Hover Shot aerial photography
Here is some aerial photography of the Hampton Downs round from the guys at Hover Shot.
Hondas At Hampton Round Report
Round four of the Motul Honda Cup series saw the teams head back north to Hampton Downs and a successful weekend for Martin Dunn – who maintained his record as the top racer in handicap formats to win the round.
Located in North Waikato, the track features significant elevation changes over the 2.7km circuit which features just six corners. The fast and flowing circuit features two sweepers and a dipper style hairpin and offers plenty of passing opportunities for drivers.
Saturday saw a late afternoon fifteen minute qualifying session for the twenty seven Hondas. Series returnee Mark Walters showed he's still got the pace, going fastest by three tenths over the seemingly undefeatable series leader Shane Parsons. Walters time of 1.11.550 was the fastest ever by a Honda Cup car at the circuit and left the rest of the field wondering what they had to do to match the best driver in the series.
Richard Gee made a return to the series after engine woes forced the expat-Brit out of the Taupo round of the series, effectively putting a premature end to his series chase after also missing the second round at Pukekohe. Gee would go third fastest on his return, ahead of fellow Brit Martin Dunn. "It is what it is" said Gee, after going a full second slower than pole getter, Mark Walters.
The unique format of the event saw three races held on Sunday, with one twenty lap feature race, and two eight lap races. An epic battle ensued between Parsons and Walters in the first race. Parsons took the lead into turn one ahead of Walters, Gee, and Dunn. Despite the race only being eight laps in length, Parsons and Walters squabbled throughout for the lead, with both bumper to bumper for the majority of the race. Walters tried desperately to take the lead on the outside of turn one on several occasions, but was unable to make the pass stick.
It was Parsons who took the flag first, ahead of Walters. Gee was left in no man's land to race by himself some four seconds behind the lead pair, with Dunn a further sixteen seconds back. "I knew that if I could get in front of him off the start, then I'd have it" said Walters to Parsons after the race.
Race two of the day featured a twenty lap race, which pushed the limits of some drivers endurance. Andrew Johnston and Gary Wilson started on the front row, with Rik Wakelin and Brent Hay in third and fourth respectively. As the cars filled into the first turn, some three wide, Wilson came out as the leader ahead of Johnston, Wakelin, and Dunn who'd gotten off to a ripper start.
As the faster cars came through the pack, it was Dunn and Parsons who emerged as the quickest early on, slicing through the field ahead of Gee and Walters. An early race battle between Gee, Dunn, and Parsons saw Parsons passing Dunn on the inside of turn three, Gee did the same the following lap.
Walters soon latched onto the lead pack, passing Dunn, Parsons, and Gee in quick succession to take the lead at the halfway stage. Whilst Walters and Gee headed the field and started to move away, Parsons held station just ahead of Dunn. It appeared that the heat was getting to some.
With Parsons and Dunn left behind, it was obvious Gee and Walters would be left to battle for the victory. As the race timer ticked over halfway, Walters hit traffic and Gee made his move on the champion going into turn four, taking the lead, but only just managing to stay ahead of the Repco Integra.
As the chequered flag came out, Gee won, finishing just three seconds ahead of Walters after half an hour of action-packed racing. Some fifteen seconds back were Dunn and series leader Parsons. In the rush to the line, Dunn snatched third position by just nine one thousandths of a second!
The final race of the day saw another action packed Honda Cup handicap race. This proved to be one of the best races of the season so far at Hampton Downs, with no fewer than seventeen cars coming home within ten seconds of each other. Wherever you looked, there was always something happening. As the faster cars tried to cut through the field, slower cars tried to make way whilst also trying to keep up with their class leaders.
As the cars went three wide into turn one, Shaun Morris was first to make a mistake, going wide at turn one and rallycrossing off onto the grass. Overall series leader Parsons managed only five of the eight laps, failing to finish after issues with his Honda CRX suspension. H2 class leader, William Yu, meanwhile, had failed to start after the bolts were sheared a front wheel in the second race.
Martin Dunn once again proved the master of the handicap race, taking the win from series veteran Gary Wilson and Mark Walters. Linda Grey took an excellent fourth, with Tristan Neate close behind. Race two winner Richard Gee could only manage ninth place after struggling to cut through the traffic.
The Motul Honda Cup series heads to Manfield for their fifth round of the series this weekend.
Article and Photos by Simon Chapman.
Fastest VTECs head to Hampton Downs for Round 4 of the Motul Honda Cup North Series
Round four of the Motul Honda Cup North will feature most of the fastest cars ever to run in the series and a 20 lap feature race around the Hampton Downs track.
Shane Parsons manic CRX, reigning Champion Mark Walters K20 Repco Integra, Martin Dunn's K24 propelled Integra, Tim 'Motul' Pollard's ex Japanese one make Racing Series car, Rob Sutherland in his awesome K20 powered DC2 Integra and Richard Gee's black Civic EK will all line up for the weekend on February 15 and 16. Gary Wilson will also have the country's fastest 1.6 powered machine - his screaming Surtees Trailers EG Civic and Rik Wakelin is another runner in his NZ Hondas 1.8 powered EG.
The fast group are also likely to be joined on pace by Jamie Wiggins and Brent Hay in their DC2s, both of which showed prodigious speed at Round 3 at Taupo in January.
Race lap times of sub 1.14 are expected by all of the major runners, and if conditions are right, the fastest cars may dip into the 1.11s or faster – putting them very close to the pace of the old NZV8 cars.
"It's shaping up to be an awesome field at the front and it's a weekend you should really be racing at if you are a Honda competitor," said series director Alan Stewart. "There will be plenty of testing on the Saturday, and we will have a Saturday evening qualifying session before we do three races on Sunday, the last of which will be our 20 lap feature race. In terms of mileage vs entry fee (Around $230) - that's great news for the Honda Cup racers and the VTEC fans should be in their element too."
The meeting will also include the awesome Autosure Central Muscle Cars, the popular 2K Cup, the NZ Sportscars, the first round of the Custom Shirts NZ Superlap series and the Rotary Race Enthusiasts.
Tasman Revival – Motul Honda Cup Round Up
Round three of the Motul New Zealand Honda Cup Championship saw the series travel to Taupo for the infamous Tasman Revival meeting held by the Historic Racing Club. Unlike most years, many classes were down on numbers, which meant some classes were merged."
Practice got underway on Friday with an open track for fast, medium, and open wheel groups, with the majority of competitors showing up to test new modifications made over the holiday break".
Championship hopeful Richard Gee had been testing his carbon black Ek9 Honda Civic throughout the week at Taupo Motorsport Park prior to the race weekend, making sure all modifications were running well. Unfortunately Gee struck problems just hours before the end of the Friday practice. "I'm absolutely gutted" said Gee. What appeared to be an issue with the timing chain meant a quick fix wasn't an option. "The car was amazingly fast, which is why it is harder to take".
Things didn't get much better from there on. Fifteen year old Mitchell Turner who'd taken his first win in previous round was on the trailer early due to an engine issue. Mitchell who was left on the sidelines gave fellow Honda Cup driver Oliver Heycoop a lifeline, providing him with the much needed tyres for his EG Civic.
Saturday morning kicked off with more cars flowing into the gates for setup. With quick-fire racing being a key feature of the HRC meetings, the pitlane was a buzz with cars flowing in and out.
Unsurprisingly qualifying saw Shane Parsons top the timesheets early on. Gary Wilson qualified second, and impressive feat for an underpowered car. Rob Sutherland was 0.155 off second place. Martin Dunn struggled to get to grips with the new modifications made to his car, Dunn, only managing a seventh place.
An uneventful race one saw Shane Parsons cross the line in first place ten seconds ahead of Rob Sutherland. Gary Wilson finished in third ahead of Martin Dunn and Tim Pollard. Further back in the pack Oliver Heycoop and David Miller were having an almighty battle swapping places, spending the majority of the race nose to tail. Ultimately Miller would win the battle of the eg civic's finishing ahead of Heycoop by just 0.43 seconds.
A reverse top ten for the second race of the weekend saw Garry Morrell and William Yu starting on the front row. As the twenty four cars went through the first turn, it would be Morrell who would come out as the leader. Martin Dunn would soon take the lead away from Morrell, but a hard charging Shane Parson ploughed through the field taking the lead from Martin Dunn towards the end of the race.
Initial race leader Morrell would eventually finish in seventh, ahead of Gary Wilson and Shaun Morris. Once again Miller and Heycoop would battle itout for the minor placings, with Miller again finishing just ahead of Heycoop who nearly passed Miller after a slide through the final chicane.
The format for the final race see the cars take part in a roll-up-handicap. With the fast Parsons starting from the very back of the grid and with a hefty time delay, it would take allot of work for him to charge through to have any chance of winning. Martin Dunn who had had a shocking qualifying session had finally got to grips with the new setup, charging through the field to take the win ahead of Jamie Wiggins. Linda Grey would just pip Oliver Heycoop at the post for third place, taking the final podium position by just 0.042 seconds!
The Motul Honda Cup series moves back north for their fourth round at Hampton Downs.
Article and Photos by Simon Chapman.
Another round win for Motul racer
South Island series leader Mark Meadows (H3 - DC5 Integra) again took a clean sweep at round three held at Ruapuna on December 1.
Meadows qualified first with a blistering time of 1:35.290, nearly three seconds ahead of the nearest competitor. Daniel Cropp (H2 - EG Civic) would start from second with current H2 champ Glenn Johnston (H2 - DC2 Integra) starting from third.
Race one got off to an eventful start with a spin at turn 3 putting Jordan Pruden (H2 - EG Civic) to the rear of the field. Out front Meadows and Cropp fought like cats and dogs for the race lead. Meadows would win out, with Cropp in second and Johnston in third.
Race two was a handicap start with Meadows and Cropp again showing their class to finish first and second. Pruden came through for third. These results were echoed for race three.
David Woodford (H1 - EG Civic) took maximum points for his class on the day. Cropp took the round win for H2, and Meadows for H3 and overall.
We had the Honda CR-Z safety car along for the day, which created buzz and interest for the class. Thanks to Honda NZ for providing us with the vehicle.
Story by Steven Allan.
Pictures by Michael Busby.
Round 4 North Island entry
Entries are now up on motorsportentry for the Hondas at Hampton meeting on 15/16 February.
Saturday will be testing and qualifying. Sunday will be racing.
The Ferrari Festival
This is your opportunity to come, see and hear 3 Formula One Ferrari's and New Zealand's largest single gathering of Ferrari road and race cars featuring more than 130 examples of one of motoring's most sought-after brands. There will also be 12 other race classes including F5000's, Historic Muscle Cars, Heritage touring cars and BMW's.
To buy tickets and find out more information, head to the NZ Festival of Motor Racing website.
Round Two Report
The second round of the 2013/14 Motul Honda Cup took place at Pukekohe, as one of the support classes to the V8 SuperTourers final meeting.
The on track action kicked off on Friday, although a sudden downpour, only half an hour before the practice session, meant a few didn't venture out onto the track, and those that did were very cautious. Times were about 10-12 seconds off dry running times, with Martin Dunn topping the session, from Oliver Heycoop and Gary Wilson.
Thankfully, it dried up for qualifying. Shane Parsons set a blistering pace, lapping the revised Pukekohe circuit in 1:13.164 at an average speed of just over 143km/h. This was the quickest lap around the new circuit layout for a Honda Cup car. Martin Dunn would share the front row from him. Gary Wilson was the fastest H1 class car in fourth, and Oliver Heycoop the quickest of the H2 class cars in fifth.
Race one got under way on Saturday morning - the first of three eight lappers. Shane Parsons was off pole, and led into the first corner, with Martin Dunn slotting into second, and Gary Wilson getting off to a quick start in his EG Civic. The biggest movers on lap one were Garry Morrell and Shaun Morris, moving from the back (after missing qualifying) up to 12th and 13th respectively. Parsons did enough to stay in front, and left the two DC5's of Tim Pollard and Martin Dunn to fight it out for the minor podium positions. Unfortunately on lap four, Kevin Hopkins sustained serious engine damage, which put him out for the rest of his debut round. Further back in the pack, it was good to see Linda Grey making progress, running not too far outside the top 10. Parsons held onto win, by 3.5 seconds, from Dunn, Pollard, Wilson and William Yu.
Race two was the handicap, and saw Shane Hine off the front in his white EF, followed by our youngest competitor, Mitchell Turner. As usual in Handicap racing, the first two laps were fairly uneventful. However, by lap three the action was coming thick and fast. Gary Wilson quickly made his way up through the field, as did young guns Shaun Morris and Oliver Heycoop. Shane Hine continued to lead until the penultimate lap, where he was passed for the lead by Mitchell Turner, who went on to win by 8.7 seconds. Linda Grey took her best finish in the series in third place. Andrew Johnston took a well deserved fourth place in his new K24 powered ES Civic, and first time racing at Pukekohe. Gary Wilson rounded out the top five. Traffic proved difficult to get through, and even though Shane Parsons managed to set times in the 1m13s bracket, he could not reel in the leaders, and finished down in 15th, with Dunn finishing just up the road in 11th.
Mitchell Turner on his weekend - "I was absolutely stoked with my result on the weekend and really pleased with the gains I made in my driving and with the car setup. Of course the highlight of my weekend was winning the handicap race, which left me buzzing and gave me a whole heap of confidence for the remaining race."
Race three on Sunday morning was the reverse top 10 race, meaning Shane Parsons had to start from 10th, and Andrew Johnston was off pole. Honda Cup debutant Fong Zhou made a very fast start from second, and held onto the lead for the first lap and a half. It was inevitable that the faster cars would eventually make their way through, and on lap three Martin Dunn duly took the lead from Zhou heading into turn one. The battle for the lead between Parsons and Dunn was intense, and for the next two laps they battled hard and fair, before Parsons made his move at the hairpin. He was never headed from there and went onto take the win. Further back, there was a great battle in the closing stages between Jamie Wiggins, Oliver Heycoop, and Brent Hay. Heycoop made a brave move up the inside of turn one, although Wiggins stuck with him for half a lap before having to concede the place at turn six. So Parsons won the third and final race, by 6.4 seconds, from Dunn, Pollard, Yu and Gary Wilson, who was penalized ten seconds for jumping the start.
Once again, it was an action packed round for the Motul Honda Cup, with close, exciting and unpredictable racing. The third round of the seven round series takes place at Taupo motorsport Park, on the 10/11 January, where a strong field of 25 cars is expected.
Our round winner - Shane Parsons - thoughts on the round:
"I had a great weekend. The car was fantastic, especially its corner speed, and the way it handled the bumps. It was a dream to drive. It was cool to see Mitchell get his first race win, and some great drives over the weekend from Oli Heycoop and Gary Wilson. I had a great battle with Martin in the last race - he had the grunt in a straight line, and I had the edge over him through the corners, making it very hard to pass him. Overall, it was a brilliant weekend."
Article written by Oli Heycoop.
South island prize giving
Motul sponsored Mark Meadows (DC5 Integra) took away the Honda Cup for outright championship victory for the first time it was awarded in the South Island. Glenn Johnstone (DC2 Integra) was the runner up. These placings rewarded both runners for attending every round. Daniel Cropp (EG6 Civic) took third overall.
Meadows was also the victor for the up to 2000cc class (H3). Paul Martin and Jeff Vincent took second and third places for the class (both EG Civics). Johnstone was the up to 1800cc class (H2) champ. Cropp and Jordan Pruden (EG Civic) were second and third for the class. Tony Witheridge (EK9 Civic) took the up to 1600cc class (H1) honours. Rookie and young gun Rhys Turner (EF Civic) was rewarded with second place in the class. David Woodford (EG Civic) was third in the class.
A number of other awards were given out to honour the efforts during the season of the drivers and supporters involved with Honda Cup.
Cropp was awarded most improved driver. Although a serious peddler to start with, he was picked for his ability to come to terms with the car and improve from a mid pack runner to top runner by the end of the season. Novice of the year went to Warren Walker (EG6 Civic). He showed skill in achieving his first outright race win in his first ever competitive race meet. The Veteran Trophy was awarded to Greg Elder (DC2 Integra).
Kevin Ban received best prepared vehicle for the field's only K20 swapped entry (EK Civic) backed up by the stand out Kelford Cams signage. A serious meltdown in qualifying at Timaru meant James Mitchell (DB8 Integra) was unable to turn a wheel in a Honda Cup race for the entire season. He was given the hard luck prize for biggest mechanical of the season.
Sportsperson of the year was given to Andrew Brown. A hard and fair campaigner that is always willing to assist others with his knowledge. This prize was reward for embodying what Honda Cup is all about. His father Alex Brown was given the service award. This acknowledged his work put in to the south to get the series going and also his willingness to share knowledge with Honda Cup competitors. Again, exactly what we encourage in Honda Cup.
South series champs’ clean sweep at opening round
Current South Island series champion Mark Meadows (H3 - DC5 Integra) carried on his winning ways by taking a clean sweep at the 2013-14 Motul Honda Cup South Island season opening meet at Teretonga on November 3.
Meadows qualified on pole for the first race, with Glenn Johnston (H2 - DC2 Integra), last years H2 class champion, joining him on the front row. James Mitchell (H3 - DB8 Integra) and Greg Elder (H2 - DC2 Integra) made up the second row.
Race one finished mostly the way it started, with little change from the qualifying positions. Meadows saw off Johnston for victory by a slim 0.7 second margin with Mitchell in third.
Elder was able to take advantage of the reverse grid race two to finish second after finishing fourth in race one. Meadows took the victory with Johnston in third.
The handicap start final race saw a narrow 0.2 second victory going to Meadows over Mitchell. Johnston took third place.
At the completion of the day, Warren Walker (EG Civic) took the round victory for the H1 class, Johnston for the H2 class and Meadows for the H3 class.
Story: Steven Allan
Photos: Amanda Mcpherson
Round 2 takes place at Pukekohe Park
The first thing to note is that it is a THREE DAY event with QUALIFYING on FRIDAY. This does not mean you cannot take part in the event if you cannot make Friday, it just means you will be starting from the back of the grid with others who also cannot make it! Anyway, times etc are in the schedule attached. I understand it has been on the forum for a while so hopefully nothing too scary here.
The entry form is slightly different this time in that Honda Cup will be collecting entry fees for this round and we will then pay SuperTourers with one cheque beforehand.
The deadline for entries for us will be Wednesday 27th. Ignore the 22nd deadline on the entry form. So we will need your completed entry forms sent to Alan Stewart, 1 Kent Street, Wanganui by then. Any later and we will struggle to get you in the event. We also need to see payment ($325 including GST) in the Honda Cup bank account by close of play on Wednesday 27th. We cannot do cheques on the day or you'll pay you next week for this one. And also please note, anyone who has not yet paid their 2013-20-14 series registration needs to do so before Pukekohe, or they will be unable to run.
If you need a transponder that is extra and is marked on the entry form.
In addition to entry with the track action, you will also get four tickets including yours (Wrist bands) and these will be collectable when you arrive from Melissa (the girl who usually runs sign on at Hampton Downs). There is also a car parking pass which can also be collected from Melissa at the same time. We are 99% sure she will be located in the timing building. Trailers will be at the back where they usually go. Make sure you read the event regs and schedule attached, everything you need to know should be in there.
Hopefully we will see Rik, Brent and Stuart back for this round. Kevin Hopkins also told me he plans to get his 2013-2014 campaign underway at this event and if get the same amount of guys who we had at Hampton, plus the extra regulars, we SHOULD top 30 cars for the first time. So it should be an epic. Also running at the event are the new Toyotas, the Utes, the Central muscle Cars, the Porsches, the Pre-65s and the SuperTourers and most of the support classes have Friday qually, so we have not been singled out!
Hardrace are supporting Honda Cup NZ for 2013 season
Hardrace was founded in Taiwan in 1998, specialized in designing, manufacturing and marketing reinforced chassis parts for racing and street car. The Company Directors were performance Car enthuiasts looking for affordable chassis and suspension upgrades that were easy to install and that would work on both the road and circuit vehicles.
Continuing to be driven by innovation and insistence of quality, Hardrace provide the finest products to their customers by using the latest raw material and technology from hardened bushings to anti-dust pillow ball suspension arms.
Professional race drivers test all Hardrace new products at the track under extreme conditions. According to their feedback, Hardrace R&D Department respond and make the necessary modifications until each component is 100% safe and provides outstanding performance to its customers.
The first range of performance components were developed for the popular range of EF,EG and EK Honda chassis and are still one of our biggest selling range.
Currently Hardrace is the most popular brand of aftermarket steering and suspension component amongst Honda Cup Competitors.
Find out more about Hardrace and their products on their website.
Brembo adds stopping power to Honda Cup
The Motul Honda Cup - New Zealand's biggest all-Japanese racing series - has announced performance brake product manufacturer Brembo as a new series partner.
The new deal was confirmed at the first event of the New Zealand Racing Drivers' League and will see Brembo signage on all cars from the second round of the series, which takes place at the BNT V8 SuperTourer season finale at Pukekohe Park on November 30 and December 1. Brembo will provide support for the series as well as discounted pad and brake packages for the 50 plus Honda Cup drivers in both North and South Island Honda Cup series.
"Brembo has genuine history with Honda and is fitted as OEM standard equipment on the Integra DC5 for example" explained Honda Cup GM Richard Gee. "We've been on the look-out for a brake partner for some time that we could recommend to our drivers and Brembo was the obvious choice. It has a fantastic reputation on and off track. Not only that but the guys at Autoquip genuinely understand what it takes to make a club race series successful and have always been encouraging and supportive of what we are trying to achieve as an amateur category. That's key for us and it's great to be able to recognise that now with a formal partnership."
Autoquip NZ is Brembo Performance Group's exclusive New Zealand distributor for Brembo Performance products but the deal will also give Honda Cup's drivers access to the company's wide range of motorsport brands - a portfolio that includes amongst others Sabelt and Sportline - two brands the series is keen to utilise on a wider basis as it continues to grow.
Twenty seven cars raced at the first round at Hampton Downs over the weekend, the fifth time the series has been a support class alongside the BNT V8 SuperTourers.
Waikato 400 Entry info Round One North
It is two days with Friday as an optional test day. Entry is up at motorsportentry $230 and also a discount off the test day if they book online in the next couple of weeks.
Honda Cup second support after the TL cars, plus Rotaries, Formula Ford and the 2K Cup - 46 cars entries so far.
SuperTourers – with around five or may be even 12 current Supercar and Supercar co-drivers on show in the first enduro – which will also feature refuelling.
Race programme will be out soon.
Levels Prizegiving Postponed
Round 1 of the Honda Cup winter mini-series is to be held at Levels on August 4. It will be a low key affair and we'll be merged with other classes. Some of you have mentioned you won't make it, so disregard this email. If you'd like to enter, the forms are attached to this email.
I've decided to postpone prizegiving. It was to be held the night before this event, but with only one entry received so far, numbers are too low. I'm thinking it will be better to wait until the next round we have at Levels (November 17) where there will be a better turn out and we can hold the event then.
North vs South Clash from Timaru
The Timaru crowd were in for a treat, with Honda Cup's third visit to Levels providing the largest single class grid for the Super Truck race meeting. There was to be plenty of action in store for them.
As expected, Shane Parsons (H3 - EF CRX) was quickest in practice with a time of 1:10.792. A surprise was Andrew Brown in the mostly stock EF CRX (H1) with a time of 1:12.471 securing second fastest for him. Series newcomer James Mitchell was third in his DB Integra (H3). North Island visitors Tim Pollard (H3 - DC5 Integra) and Gary Wilson (H1 - EG Civic) completed the top 5 in practice.
Qualifying rolled around and Parsons was still on top. This time he lowered his best time to 1:09.632. A very respected time on the day, with only the top few OSCA entrants going quicker. Daniel Cropp (H2 - EG Civic) climbed the timesheets to be second. Dave McLean (H3 - DC2 Integra), Mark Meadows (H3 - DC5 Integra) and Brown rounded out the top 5 heading in to the first race.
Turn one at Levels is always a busy place, but the rolling start added another dynamic. The field got the green light first time around. A hectic start, but only minor panel rubs ensured the entire field was through safely. Parsons moved out to a small but consistent lead, and McLean slipped by Cropp at turn three to take second place. The top 3 would remain here for the rest of the race. An epic race long David and Goliath battle ensued between Brown and Kevin Ban (H3 - K20 EK Civic), eventually Brown being the victor. Ban completed the race in fifth position.
An action packed reverse top 10 start for race two provided nail biting entertainment. Initially Greg Elder (H2 - DC2 Integra) lead away comfortably, but when he slipped wide with all four wheels in the dirt on turn four, the action began. Glenn Johnston (H2 - DC2 Integra) also slipped wide, causing a dust cloud in the dry conditions. The following racers scattered, and when Cropp arrived, he spun to avoid any contact. The lap one action didn't stop there. Johnston had moved passed Elder at turn 4, but he arrived too hot at turn 8 and spun in to the gravel trap. He would eventually finish a lap down due to the spin. Elder retook first place. The faster entrants would eventually move through the field, as did Cropp. After rejoining the race in last place after his spin, he eventually finished in sixth after an impressive storm through the field. Parsons won the race, with Pollard, Brown, Wilson and Ban completing the top five.
There was more start line entertainment in the handicap start race three. The first group of Rhys Turner (H1 - EF Civic), David Harker (H1 - EK Civic) and Tony Witheridge (H1 - EK Civic) were off safely. The second group of Warren Walker (H1 - EG Civic), Garry Morrell (H2 - DC2 Integra) and David Woodford (H1 - EG Civic) took off, but as Walker entered turn one, his bonnet flew up. After some help from the marshalls, he was off again at the rear of the field. Cropp also had trouble at turn one. An oil leak nearly caused a spin on his own oil, before he parking the car safely at the side of the track. Harker and Witheridge would head out to a good start, with Witheridge hauling in Harker for first place. The field would compress throughout the race, but Witheridge remained on top. Meadows got through for second, and an exciting end for Parsons and Harker resulted in a dead heat. Morrell rounded out the top 5.
Boosted by North Island visitors, this was the largest field for Honda Cup in the South Island to date, showing it is moving from strength to strength. The South Island series of Honda Cup now moves to Ruapuna in Christchurch on April 28 for it's next meet.
Action from the final round of HONDA CUP SOUTH
Heading in to the last round of the inaugural season of the Honda Cup in the South Island, Motul racer Mark Meadows had one hand firmly on the trophy with a healthy points lead.
Meadows in the DC5 Integra topped the time sheet in qualifying from Daniel Cropp in the ever developing EG Civic. Series newcomer Dean Wong secured third spot. Kevin Ban in the rapid Kelford Cams sponsored and K20 powered EK Civic took fourth on the timing sheets.
Come race one, Meadows had pole position and was looking to secure the championship. Cropp, alongside on the front row had other ideas. Both racers were locked in to a race long battle with Meadows taking the spoils from Cropp and Wong.
Race two was the crowd pleasing handicap start. Tony Witheridge in the EK9 Civic was the early benefactor in the reverse start. Wong managed to haul him in, then Meadows and Cropp locked together would get passed Witheridge and Wong. Meadows and Cropp exchanged places until a final drag race to the line saw Meadows take the second race.
Could Meadows take the hat trick in race three? Starting off pole, he bogged down off the line and slipped back in the pack. Cropp took advantage and lead the early running before retiring from the race. This left Meadows to take the clean sweep from Wong and Glenn Johnston in a DC2 Integra.
At the completion of the final round, Meadows took the overall championship from Johnston and Meadows. In the H1 class, Witheridge took the championship honors from Rhys Turner and David Woodford. In the H2 class, Johnston was the victor from Cropp and Jordan Pruden. Meadows also claims the H3 title from Martin and Jeff Vincent.
Photos supplied by Trace Richards.
Drama at finale – but Walters wins championship
Morris the round and Gee the enduro race
A torrential mid race downpour decimated the Motul Honda Cup field at Pukekohe at the weekend, with a bliblical deluge and two huge shunts putting an end to the race after 40 minutes. Despite the dramas, which saw his car seriously damaged within ten seconds of the start, Mark Walters sealed the summer series championship after a fantastic season in the Repco DC2.
The one hour enduro was a race packed with drama as right from the start. Series frontrunners Mark Walters and Shane Parsons had qualified their cars first and second on the new track, but handed over to their co-drivers Jono Lester and Angus Fogg for the rolling start. The two big guns fought hard for the lead into Turn 1 but clashed as they went into turn 2, forcing both off into the wet grass and into the wall. Lester was out on the spot with the Repco DC2 car badly damaged whilst Fogg did his best to get the ITM CRX car back to the pits but left a trail of oil on the racing line on his way. With terminal engine damage as well as extensive chassis damage, the car was the second retirement.
The Safety car came out for five laps as the mess at Turn 2 was cleaned up and at the restart Honda Cup regular Richard Gee led from Logan Morrell with Martin Dunn third and fighting hard to stay in the hunt after gambling on slicks, with 1.6 litre champion Warren Tunley having a great drive and revelling in the wet conditions. Tauranga's Ryan McCartney was also flying, quickly making his way through a spreading field. Going well too were Oliver Heycoop and Shaun Morris, both keen to impress their co-drivers Andy Booth and Simon Evans in the tricky conditions.
Morrell was the man with the ultimate pace, and he reeled in Gee over three laps before passing into Turn 1 and moving away to a four second advantage by lap 14. When Morrell pitted to hand over to team mate Mark Gibson from the V8 Challenge Cup, Gee sat in the lead once more.
Conditions remained stable until the 25 minute mark before beginning to deteriorate - and deteriorate rapidly. On lap 20 the heavens opened and light began to fade. The weather worsened so rapidly that there was a huge amount of confusion on the track and in the pit lane as to when the red flag was shown. Many drivers drove into a wall of spray and standing water unable to see anything at all, let alone flags.
Gee pitted near the end of the pitstop window in the lead having completed 21 laps believing the red flag had been shown. With the pit lane closed there was no way out for him and two or three other runners, but that was a blessing as chaos took over once again on the track.
The flying Warren Tunley had handed over to young Tasman V8 SuperTourer ace Andrew Waite just as the heavens opened and Andrew was no sooner out on track before he acquaplaned in inches of standing water and hit Stuart McChesney hard in his EP3 Civic. Unfortunately for Waite, his hand was wrenched by the impact and he sustained a broken hand - putting paid to his 2013 BNT v8 SuperTourer debut at Pukekohe at the end of May.
Worse was to follow as the cars - still believing they were under racing conditions - carried on. With standing water and rivers crossing the track just before the old sweeper, first Rik Wakelin skated off, before Brent Hay, Shaun Morris and Mark Gibson followed him in. All cars sustained some damage, made worse when the concertina was also hit hard by Justin Herbert. Both Herbert and Gibson emerged battered and bruised but otherwise uninjured from wrecked cars.
With a restart impossible, the stewards declared the race result at 21 laps completed. Gee and Radisich held first at that point, with Shaun Morris and Simon Evans in second and Garry Morrell and Scott Beaumont in third. William Yu and long time Honda exponent Steve Price took fourth, Colin Abah fifth and David Miller and Tyson Jemmet a very creditable sixth in their immaculate EG Civic.
"It was cool to be competitive in our biggest ever race but I'm just gutted for the drivers who's cars were wrecked and particularly for Andrew Waite, who's a great ambassador for the sport and a great role model for all of our young drivers. To a man the whole Honda Cup group were devastated to hear he had sustained an injury. To be fair, Logan was a good bit quicker than me today and I'm pretty certain that had the race continued he and Mark Gibson would have come out on top."
A seriously depleted field took the start for the Sunday morning races, with Martin Dunn, Warren Tunley, William Yu, Ryan McCartney and Shaun Morris all showing good form in varying conditions on the track.
Tunley secured the 1.6 championship after a solid weekend despite Waite's shunt, while Garry Morrell capitalised on Rik Wakelin's involvement in the Saturday monster shunt to sneak past and rest the 1.8 title after two strong Sunday races. It was bitterly disappointing for Wakelin, who had missed the Timaru round, and needed only a clean run at Pukekohe. Dunn completed his weekend by securing the over 2 litre class after a dominant season in the class with his K24 powered DC5.
Morris capped a fine season by claiming the round win for the topsy-turvey weekend - demonstrating how far he had come as a Honda Cup driver. With more power under his right foot for the next season, it could just be the first of many round wins for the amiable young racer.
Big names back Motul Honda Cup finale
World and national champions are amongst the New Zealand racing drivers set to compete in the Motul Honda Cup finale at the HRC's Tasman Revival meeting at the new-look Pukekohe on May 4.
Honda Cup organisers have tried to add variety to the regular events its 45 registered drivers compete in, but even they have been surprised by the interest and support from New Zealand's elite drivers for the mini one hour enduro that will be part of the series' final 2012-2013 summer season.
"Having a one hour enduro was always something we wanted to do in Honda Cup but it really has caught the imagination of many of our drivers," said organiser and Motul Honda Cup driver, Richard Gee.
"For sure there are plenty out there who want track time for bigger up and coming events like the BNT V8 SuperTourers on the new look circuit and that's understandable after seeing how fantastic it was at the ITM 400, but lots of the guys coming along are well aware of the Honda racing movement in New Zealand and the positive things it is doing to provide action-packed, low cost racing and they just want to support that. For lots of us racing, this event will be a racing highlight. It's only a one hour with a single compulsory stop, but we all know you can learn a lot in an event like that."
Amongst the entry list – Motul Honda Cup championship leader Mark Walters will share with Mercedes GT, Porsche enduro and SuperTourer enduro star Jono Lester, while last year's champion Shane Parsons is scheduled be teamed up with Property Tutor's V8ST Holden driver Angus Fogg – though engine failure at last weekend's sixth Honda Cup round puts that team's entry in jeopardy . Woodstock Racing's Andy Booth will be sharing with Oliver Heycoop, while Andrew Waite, winner of the V8ST enduro event at Ruapuna last season and the man set to take over the Tasman Motorsports SuperTourer for the remaining sprint races in the sprint series will join 1.6 class leader Warren Tunley.
Peak Oil Team 4 Holden driver Simon Evans will share with another 1.6 contender, Shaun Morris, while GT2 champion and GT1 star from the ITM 400 weekend Justin Herbert (himself a former Honda Cup champ) will pair up with Whakatane's Gary Wilson – the reigning champion in 1.6. Auckland's Gavin Boyne will have experienced racer Chris Sparg in his 2 litre Integra, while former New Zealand Grand Prix racer Stuart McChesney will share with Thames' Todd Murphy – a veteran of several Dubai and Bathurst enduro races. Martin Dunn brings experienced enduro and BMW racer John de Veth into his car for the weekend, and 1.8 litre contender Brent Hay will share with last year's SS2000 champion Ant te Rito. Honda Cup regular Logan Morrell – a mechanic with John McIntyre Racing – will be partnered by JMR's V8 Challenge Cup ace Mark Gibson.
Gee himself has secured two time world champion Paul Radisich to share his 2 litre Speedfactor Racing Honda EK20. "Paul was a huge supporter of Honda Cup in the background when we were trying to build our first summer calendar in the challenging current environment of motorsport in this country and was a key man in helping get Honda Cup on the V8ST card occasionally. That's been a huge bonus for us in the past two years and for myself personally, it's amazing to have a driver of Paul's calibre in my car. Definitely a tick on the bucket list for me, but I suspect that's the case for a few of the guys with senior drivers partnering them.
"As a series we hope very much that all of our drivers and all of the co-driver have a lot of fun, and that our young guys learn from their peers. We'd love this to become an annual event with wide appeal."
The Motul Honda Cup runs both North Island and South Island series and enjoys the support of Honda New Zealand, Gull, Panasonic, Hankook, Racetech, Alert Motorsport, Hondata and race and road car tuners R Works, Speedfactor and JTune. It has more than 50 registered drivers and is in its second summer season. In 2013-2014 it will run with both the New Zealand Racing Drivers League at its events and two rounds with the BNT V8 SuperTourers.
NZ Racing Driver League Spotlights
New Motorsport Initiative
A new North Island motorsport initiative has been launched this week which aims to highlight quality motorsport to the public.
The New Zealand Racing Drivers League revealed plans for five motorsport weekends over the 2013 and 2014 summer to boost the profile of motor racing in New Zealand and showcase talented drivers and fast machinery.
League organisers will also reveal a raft of initiatives as well as classes confirmed to run at one or more of the events over the coming months in the build up to the first event at Hampton Downs on September 28 and 29. A Facebook site (New Zealand Racing Drivers League) has been launched and a web site is currently being built.
The League itself will rank any driver who takes part in an NZRDL event. Whatever class they run in, they will secure points for their best three results and this will give them a league ranking. The league will run continuously. The initiative was the idea of the HRC’s Chris Watson, Tony Roberts and Kevin Underwood, who along with Honda Cup racer and motorsport PR Richard Gee agreed that finding dates for independent and growing classes was important and could be improved.
"When Motul Honda Cup ran for the first time in 2011-2012 as a summer series, as class organisers we struggled to find anywhere where a start-up or independent summer class could run on a regular basis," explained Gee.
"This was an even more difficult task this season with the various problems surrounding availability of dates on the motorsport calendar and continual uncertainty. We were certainly not alone as a class that needed something concrete in terms of dates. It made complete sense to try to provide foundation events those classes could plug into so their focus could be solely on the racing. That’s what it’s all about, after all."
Five meeting dates were subsequently booked to include events at Manfeild, Taupo, Hampton Downs and Pukekohe. In the case of a class like the Motul Honda Cup, these dates will form the basis of the category’s calendar. With a core series of events ‘in the bag’, the class has the freedom to negotiate other rounds at larger meetings, such as the BNT V8 SuperTourers or the New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing.
The HRC and Auckland Car Club run the most motorsport meetings of any organisation in New Zealand on an annual basis. Watson says these are all meetings that could be enhanced with a more formal structure and organisation behind them.
"Take the Tasman Revival meeting at Taupo in January," explained Watson. "Run by the HRC, we had a fantastic two-day meeting with 268 entries. Whilst that was great it was a little too busy and showed us that there were classes like Hondas, BMWs and a few others that could really benefit with a core series of dates of their own."
2013-2014 NZRDL DATES
- September 28/29 - Hampton Downs Motorsport Park
- November - Pukekohe Park Raceway (TBC)
- March 1/2 - Manfeild Autocourse
- April 5/6 - Taupo Motorsport Park
- May 3/4 - Hampton Downs Motorsport Park
Walters Delivers With A New Lap Record In Honda Cup
Hamilton's Mark Walters turned a few heads with his pace in the Motul Honda Cup at Hampton Downs over the weekend, setting a new Honda Cup lap record on his way to a round win and an extended series lead.
Walters took pole position in his Integra from Richard Gee in his Civic during the morning session on Saturday at the V8 SuperTourer meeting, and then won the first rolling start race after a good scrap with reigning series champion Shane Parsons in his CRX. Walters lowered the Honda Cup circuit record to a scintillating 1 minute 12 seconds, some six seconds faster than the Utes, ten seconds quicker than the Suzukis and on a par with some of the old V8 powered Challenge Cup cars.
In the second handicap race there was early drama when Tristan Neate spun his Civic at the start. This prompted a lengthy wait for drivers whilst the officials organised a restart - made under the Safety Car and meaning the handicap advantage was all but lost for the slower runners. Shaun Morris came through to win that race, chased home by Gee and Parsons, with the black Civic of Gee getting the verdict by just one thousandth of a second.
The feature race for the class at any V8 SuperTourer event - and the Hondas have supported four V8ST meeting now - is always the Reverse Top Ten clash and it proved to be another crowd pleaser. Gee made a great start from eighth to be fourth into the first turn but he was struggling with rear tyre problems and was not up to speed until lap three. In that time Walters and Colin Abah in his distinctive blue Civic both got through and past the early leaders William Yu and Dave Geraghty in their EG model Civics. Walters and Abah duelled throughout the race, but Mark showed his class with a stylish defence, another fastest lap, and another race win. Abah was second with Gee third and Parsons fourth.
Morris won the 1.6 class with his overall race win, whilst Whakatane's Rik Wakelin showed good speed in his NZ Hondas Civic to take the honours in the 1.8 litre class. Martin Dunn - dominant in the over 2 litre category in this season's Motul Honda Cup - took maximum points again.
Twenty nine cars qualified for the races, a Honda Cup record.
TV confirmed for Hampton Downs Motul Honda Cup
Round four of the Motul Honda Cup at Hampton Downs - where the biggest one-make Japanese series in New Zealand will support Round 1 of the 2013 BNT V8 SuperTourer series - will be televised for the second year in succession.
Last year a huge crowd turned out to watch the SuperTourers make their debut, and 28 Hondas were there to provide plenty of support action. Hondas are back again for 2013, along with Central Muscle Cars, UDC Utes, Suzuki Swifts, V8 Challenge Cup and of course, the BNT V8 SuperTourers. Fourteen SuperTourers took the start at Hampton Downs last year, but this time around there will be more than 20 and the field will include star names like Shane van Gisbergen, Greg Murphy, Craig Baird, John McIntyre, Andy Booth and inaugural champ Scott McLaughlin, who will be dovetailing this year's title defence with a campaign in V8 Supercars.
The Motul Honda Cup is scheduled to have two twenty minute practice sessions on the Friday, then qualifying and two eight lap races on Saturday followed by one eight lap race on Sunday. As with previous v8ST meetings, Sunday's race will be a Reverse Top Ten grid based on the results from the first rolling start race on Saturday. Saturday's second race will be the handicap.
Championship leader Mark Walters in the Repco-backed 2.0 litre Integra DC2 will be the man to beat around the North Waikato circuit, but he can expect strong challenges for overall victory from reigning champion Shane Parsons in his unique ITM CRX, Martin Dunn in his Integra, Colin Abah in his striking blue Civic, Mr Motul Tim Pollard in his ex-works DC5 Integra and Richard Gee in his Civic. BankLink-supported Gee will be using the weekend to launch a brand new racing initiative which will see Motul Honda Cup as one of the selected classes. Warren Tunley, Tristan Neate, Shaun Morris and reigning champion Gary Wilson will renew this season's fierce battle for 1.6 honours, while Whakatane's Rik Wakelin will be hoping to build on the lead he has in the 1.8 class.
A field of 28 cars is expected, though series director Alan Stewart is still keen to put 30 or more cars on the grid and establish a New Zealand and Australasian record for a Honda racing field. Last year's 28 starters at Hampton Downs established the record.
"The Hampton Downs V8 SuperTourer meeting is our biggest of the year and we will be pulling out all of the stops to make sure the race fans and the drivers enjoy a stellar weekend" he said. "The cars will be on display in a single line in the newly sealed Hampton Downs paddock and everyone who wants to come and have a close look will be made more than welcome. Everybody knows our racing is as good as anything out there but it is great for the drivers and the series to be out again with the best the country has to offer. It should be a massive meeting and we are delighted to have the support of Motul to make the TV coverage happen once again."
The half hour highlights package from Hampton Downs will be broadcast on TV3's CRC Motorsports Show on a Sunday to be confirmed.
Honda Cup North Round 3 – Taupo Tasman Revival
Well everyone wanted it hot and they sure got it. Hot and humid with track temps getting up in the high 40's.
A field of 29 cars lined up for race 1 with a very tidy rolling start behind the Honda NZ CRZ. Plenty of battles going on right through the field with Mark Walters in the Repco DC2 K20 a clear winner.
Race two - reverse top 10 with Richard off pole looking odds on for the win. Some very close racing with Mark again having too much pace and coming through for the win. Richard having troubles with the engine leaning out and dropping back as the race progressed.
The handicap race saw long time Honda supporter Jamie Wiggins in his show quality DC2R take a runner off the front for a well deserved win.
Sure was a test of man and machine with 4 cars having oil cooler related issues on Saturday two have driveshaft issues on Sunday and another loosing a clutch.
The Tasman Revival meeting promoted by the Auckland based HRC had a great atmosphere with a mix of modern and classic cars. With over 260 cars enter and 12 classes it proved to be an action packed weekend and overall a very well run and enjoyable meeting for all.
Two new racers this round and both drove extremely well - Welcome to Andrew and Faine.
Another incident free weekend on the track for Honda Cup.
Thanks to Garry - Morrell Motors and Garry and Glenis - Surtees Trailers for the great BBQ and refreshment on Saturday night.
Entries for the next round in three week times at Hampton with the Super Tourers looks like topping the magic 35!
Motul Honda Cup is back for 2013
Motul Honda Cup is back in action for Round 3 at the Taupo Motorsport Park over the weekend of January 12 and 13 2013 (with testing on the 11th) for the fantastic Tasman Revival Series.
The superfast VTEC specials will be out in force, with 28 expected to provide the high revving action at the circuit's biggest historic and classic saloon meeting of the year outside of the New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing. Mark Walters currently heads the North Island series, but can expect to face stern opposition from the likes of series sponsor Tim Pollard, Martin Dunn, Richard Gee, Logan Morrell, Warren Tunley, Gary Wilson and reigning champ Shane Parsons for overall round honours.
Alongside the big Honda field will be the BMW Modified and E30 classes as well as the popular Alfa Trofeo series, meaning race fans have a bumper saloon car feast to look forward to. As a key warm-up meeting for the Hampton Downs Festival that follows over the next two weekends, there are packed fields of Formula Junior single seaters and some big open single seaters and sports cars out in the Formula Libre and Super Historics fields.
You can enter for the first big motorsport event of the New Year at www.motorsportentry.com.
Entry for Taupo – Festival of Speed
Entries are now being taken for the Tasman Revival at www.motorsportentry.com – Round 3 of the 2012-2013 Motul Honda Cup summer season and a two-day event for just $200. I am pretty sure there is testing on Friday pay when you get there and a general test day earlier in the week. Honda Cup will be there as one of the feature classes and so will the BMWs – so time to show that VTEC beats German engineering on lap time – every time!
It's the full A1GP track with the fast re-profiled entry into the Chase. Should be fast times and the long range weather forecast is looking good.
Best deals for accommodation are usually from the Lake Taupo Motor Inn. The weekend is going to be a cracker – check out some of the other stuff racing! Lots of the historic cars will be out as they build up to the double weekend NZ Festival of Motor Racing at Hampton Downs. There may even be the odd Can Am car there in the sports car field and almost certainly a few F5000s as well as full fields of screaming classic Formula Juniors. If you enjoyed the one-dayer at HD this one is going to be stellar. BBQ at the track Saturday for us too. We'd like to get our usual row of tents sorted too, rather than having a few in the pits and a few dotted around.
The Honda CRZ will be the safety car for the whole meeting so very important we are all out there racing, helping out and enjoying ourselves.
Head over to www.motorsportentry.com for documentation and to enter online.
Wet, windy, wlcome to the wild south for Honda Cup
The Teretonga (Invercargill) round of the summer series of Honda Cup South Island was a reminder that motorsport is an all weather sport. This time around the event was a two day affair. Practise and qualifying on the Saturday, with three races on the Sunday.
Local driver Glen Johnston (DC2r) was the pioneer during qualifying, but it was Mark Meadows of Christchurch (DC5) that topped the time sheets. Another local, Greg Elder (another DC2r) and Johnston followed behind. Standing water claimed cars in other classes, but every Honda Cup entrant posted a time in the trying conditions.
Once the day had wound up, it was off home to dry out, then on to the bar for a feed and a pint. Hopefully the next day would be drier.
Sunday arrived. We got what we wanted, the rain was gone… but replaced with gale force winds. Another test for the drivers. Race one was the rolling start with Meadows and Elder on the front row.
Elder cleared Meadows and held the lead for the early running. Starting from the rear of the grid, Andrew Brown of Invercargill (EF) picked off places one by one to a mid pack finish. Local Dave McLean (DC2) started mid pack and slowly but surely made his way towards the front, eventually overhauling Elder for the race win. Paul Martin of Christchurch (EG) finished third.
The reverse grid race two made for an exciting turn one. Barring some trading of paint, all entrants emerged out the other side. McLean and Johnston took their opportunities to get through the pack and finished first and second. Daniel Cropp (EG) of Prebbleton took third slot.
Handicap start races are always entertaining, and race three was no exception in what was the best race of Honda Cup so far. Excellent seeding by the Southland Sports Car Club meant a lot of dicing for position. Local Jeff Vincent (EG) controlled the early stages with Dunedin driver Rhys Turner (EF) in tow.
Brown made a strong showing in the comparatively underpowered 1600cc car, using experience and race craft to eventually get by the 1800cc entries of Cropp and Johnston and the 2000cc entry of Martin. Meadows would finish first with Vincent and Turner in second and third.
A perfect Honda Cup meeting at Teretonga for the first time. The track was well enjoyed by the first time visitors. We're all looking forward to getting back there again next season.
Written by Steven Allan
Photos kindly supplied by Kevin Thomson (Southspeed).
Round 2 Honda Cup South – Timaru
Anything but summer skies welcomed the South Island's Honda Cup summer series to Levels (Timaru). Threatening rain clouds lingered, poised to make their mark on the day. This was the first time Honda Cup ran as a class on it's own. Ten cars assembled from around the South Island, continuing the series' strong growth.
(Back) Mark Meadows, David Woodford, Glenn Johnston, Rhys Turner, Al Stewart, Warren Walker, Tony Witheridge, Greg Elder, Craig Edgar.
(Front) Paul Martin, Daniel Cropp, Jordan Pruden.
Mark Meadows in the Motul DC5 (H3) led the charge in qualifying from series newcomer but experienced racer Greg Elder (H2) in the striking yellow DC2r. Former kart racer Daniel Cropp (H2) in an EG6, another newcomer to the series completed the top three from the morning session.
Cropp took a sharp opportunity at the rolling start of race 1 to leap frog a number of competitors in his EG6 around the outside heading in to turn 1. The opening laps saw Meadows, Elder, Cropp and Glenn Johnston (H2) in another DC2r regularly exchanging places. Warren Walker (H1) in his EG6 made a strong run through the mid-field, but this was cut short by an off at turn 2 which ended in a DNF. Meadows won the race, with Elder and Cropp locked together not far behind.
Johnston made a strong run through the field in the reverse grid race 2, eventually finishing first. Paul Martin (H3) in an EG6 followed, finishing second. Elder also came through the field, sitting in third for most of the race, but he eventually succumbed to the Motul DC5. Meadows recorded the fastest lap of the race on the way to a third place finish.
As race three drew near, the ominous sky darkened and rain spots started to fall. The cars headed out on slick tyres to form up on the grid. Under starters orders, the heavens opened. The cars waited on the grid under torrential downpour and the officials decleared the event to be wet tyres only. They returned to the pits with five entrants heading back out on the track with wet tyres fitted. A gingerly start followed with the front runners pioneering the way through the standing water. Meadows made his way towards the front, but not without mishap. He slipped sideways while passing Elder and a light touch resulted in a broken wheel and DNF for Elder. Meadows won the race, with Tony Witheridge (H1) in an EK9 second, and Walker third.
Meadows won the round overall and leads the championship in to the next round at Teretonga in Invercargill, December 1-2.
Written by Steven Allan
Photos taken by James Elworthy
HAMPTON DOWNS is now a one day event
Round 2 – it is a ONE DAY meeting on November 11 at Hampton Downs. We have done a deal with them that you guys will pay only $150. Please read the next bit carfully.
You have to enter at www.motorsportentry.com
You will see the price for ALL classes is $200 – ensure that you indicate you will PAY BY CHEQUE
Complete the entry form with this price ($200) and submit it on-line. BUT, SEND A CHEQUE FOR JUST $150 marked with your name and 'Motul Honda Cup' on the rear of the cheque to the entry address:
The HISTORIC RACING CLUB Inc,
PO Box 28140,
We have been allocated one full side of the skid pan and I would like us to all base ourselves there if possible. I know some of you like garages, but I think it would be cool to get the whole community paddocked up as we normally do.
There will be noise testing at Hampton but have been advised that we do not need to worry about it as they are happy with our field in Pukekohe spec. as everyone was compliant.
Walters kicks off Motul Honda Cup in style
The biggest ever field of Honda racing cars in New Zealand kicked off the Motul Honda Cup summer season in style at the Woodstock 500, and it was last season's runner up Mark Walters who took the early initiative in his brand new K20 powered Integra DC2.
Walters was unstoppable from the first practice session, posting low 1 minute 6 second laps and then placing the car on pole position with a lap of 1 minute and 5 seconds. The Hamilton driver – who has mentored several up and coming young drivers through his Motavation company – duly won the rolling start race and then won the final race to wrap up the round and take an early series lead.
Reigning champion Shane Parsons was very quick, but had a relatively low key handicap race and then retired from the third race with CV failure on his re-engined CRX.
Surprise of the meeting was Auckland mechanic Colin Abah, a circuit expert racing a J Tune-prepared Civic, who took second overall for the round and was stunningly quick – lapping consistently amongst the top three quickest cars.
Mark Walters leading Colin Abah over Pukekohe's notorious Ford Mountain on his way to victory in the first round of the 2012-2013 Motul Honda Cup. Photo credit Neville Bailey.
Class winners for the event were Walters in 2 litre, Martin Dunn in Over 2 litre, Rik Wakelin in 1.8 and Wellington's Warren Tunley in the big 1.6 field after reigning champion Gary Wilson was penalised for passing under a yellow as well as having to change the gearbox on Saturday evening after he lost fifth gear in Race 2.
There was plenty of action throughout the 28 car field and with 26 of the cars covered by just over four seconds, it was also highly competitive. The Honda racers are in action again for their second round at Hampton Downs on November 11.
Plans Unveiled for Pukekohe Park Raceway Upgrade
V8 SUPERCARS today unveiled plans for a $6.6 million upgrade of Pukekohe Park Raceway in New Zealand.
Full article on the V8 Supercars website
Pukekohe 500 Event Schedule
The event schedule for the Pukekohe 500 (25th to 28th October 2012) is now available to download.
Rota Wheels New Zealand
now official alloy wheel supplier to Honda Cup
International Alloy wheel manufacturing giants Rota, market leaders in USA, Europe and Asia, are known for there huge range of functional and affordable performance alloy wheels.
Rota Wheels are exclusively imported and distributed in New Zealand by Rota NZ which is owned and operated by Motorpsort enthusiast James Faeson Kloet. James says "along with Rota they are pushing the limits with styles, finishes and sizes and particularly enjoy dealing with like minded enthusiast looking for particular wheel sizes and offsets". "Support of Honda Cup is a natural fit" say James "considering that Rotas first lightweight racing rims where developed for Honda civics racing in the Asian Touring Car Series in 1995 and sales to Honda owners is still a major part of Rotas business". "Honda Cup is a great opportunity to demonstrate to Motorsport enthusiast here in New Zealand that an alloy wheel can be strong, light, functional attractive and affordable".
Rota wheels are manufactured by PAWI (Phillipines Aluminium Wheel Inc) and is one of the worlds lading alloy wheel manufacturer. PAWI started in business over 30 years ago, originally as a partner with Italian giant Momo. PAWI have specalised in only one product - Rota Wheels with all the Companies resources and energies having been poured into making Rota a world class quality wheel, carefully designed and meticulously engineered. a product that compares with the best in both style and quality.
Led by Romy Rojas, whose love for motoring and motorsports has been a life-long passion, PAWI has successfully made the transition from being a pioneer to an international exporter of quality alloy wheels.
Today, the PAWI family – from senior managers to plant workers single mindedly pursue what Motorsport enthusiasts everywhere look for: an alloy wheel that delivers looks with performance, an alloy wheel that makes driving fun and enjoyable, and an alloy wheel that lasts.
The export markets for Rota wheels have expanded tremendously in the past years. Having gained international acceptance PAWI now exports its wheels to 17 different countries in four continents.PAWI currently also supplies the bulk of the OEM requirements to the Philippines automotive industry.
Rota NZ will be supplying a range of off the shelf and custom Motorsport wheel to Honda Cup competitors through its new supply agreement and these wheels will also be available for general sale.
Rota wheels New zealand
Round 4 Winter Challenge – North
A great day for ducks. The first time that I am aware that Taupo has had to call off racing due to the rain and when you consider that the track is built on natures best drainage material, pumice, it shows you how much rain must have fallen both leading up to and during the meeting.
With points at the end of round 3 being very close all the winter front runners were on the grid and keen to battle it out over the 3 race finale.
The rain was not heavy but it was constant. Track conditions for qualifying we definitely wet but the track was clear with no ponding water. With a couple of previous winter rounds also being called wet the majority of Racers had seen the difference that running wets made and had suitable equipped themselves with the right rubber for the meeting.
Qualifying was uneventful with the majority of drivers being happy to lay down a string of respectful laps before heading back into the dry pit garages and waiting for the rain to ease.
Mark Wilson, one of the new hot shot Rookies in the ex Walters EF b18c was first with Ben Sunckell in an EF B16A punching well above his weight only 0.4 second behind.
Another top Rookie James Post third and the consistent Andrew Johnston rounding out the top 4. Logan Morell and Richard Gee were in 4th and 5th and both seemed to be struggling with traction with the more powerful cars.
As is often the case in wet racing the start proved to be critical. Mark and Andy got away well and slowly pulled away from the front leaving the rest of the cars in bunches of twos and threes to battle it out. This allowed the two front runners to stay clear. The standout drive came form Postie who was clearly the most aggressive driver on the day and despite lack of traction and limited vision made some great attempts to out brake and out corner the oppositions. Some came off and some didn't but it was great to watch and clearly shows he is one of our up and coming Rookie talents.
Finishing order was basically as the race started with win going to Mark, second to Andy and third Logan. The win helped Mark close down some of Andy Series lead.
The rain continued to fall and water started too pond in a number of locations around the track. After a car running in the Club Saloon race had heavy contact with the wall the organisers decide to call the day off leaving the Hondas with only the one race to determine their Championship. Unfortunate and unexpected but as they say "that racing".
Congratulations to Mark for his amazing off the front drive and his round four win and to Andy Johnson for his consistency which gave him the 2012 North Winter Series overall win.
A quick overview of the Winter series was there has been a huge improvement in driving skills and race craft of all the Honda Cup Rookies and its being both exciting and enjoyable to watch new talent emerge and the lap time drop over four rounds. The winter series has continued to be well patronized and is doing the job it was intended, ie getting Rookies out on the track and gaining confidence and race skills at all the North island race circuits.
Entry Form for Round 1 at Pukekohe
26-28th October – North Island Round One.
If you need to hire a transponder, write 'Hire' in the transponder section of the entry form.
Honda Cup to be Fuelled by Gull Partnership
in 2012 / 2013
Honda Cup drivers across the North Island will be the focus of a new sponsorship deal for the 2012/2013 competitive season, announced this week by Gull New Zealand.
The family owned and operated fuel business are to support the six round North Island championship rounds, starting with the Pukekohe 500 at the end of October contributing a substantial fuel voucher scheme for its Gull Force 10 product and will see the top three drivers in each of Honda Cup's five classes share fuel prizes after every round.
First, second and third in class at each event will secure $100, $75 or $50 fuel vouchers respectively – a fantastic contribution to support the cost involved in participating in the fun, but passionate class of racing and a great way to showcase the performance of Gull Force 10 alongside other 98 pump gas equivalents.
"One of the biggest costs club drivers today face is fuel – both getting to and from the circuit and of course, racing," said Honda Cup founder and race director Alan Stewart. "Honda Cup is super competitive and just about everyone in our field during the last summer season would have taken a top three finish in their class at a round somewhere during the championship."
"What's neat about the Gull Force 10 fuel is that it does work very well in our engines, and we have an increasing number of drivers opting to use it because of its enhanced power and protection results. The surprising increases in power have been gained even without specific tuning and equally as important, the Honda engines run a little cooler with Gull Force 10. This is a win-win for the drivers – more power and less concerns about temperature. It's a natural fit for the class and we are delighted to have Gull on board as partners," he added.
Gull New Zealand's Business Development Manager Ulrik Olsen added: "Supporting the Honda Cup was an easy decision for us – we are passionate about supporting New Zealand Motorsport at the grass roots, and we are passionate about supporting the people who support us. The fact that the class is achieving such great results by running Gull Force 10 shows that it's a fantastic fuel, available for less than the cost of other 98 pump fuels across the North Island and provides proven results in all forms of motoring be it on the road or race track."
Gull will have a presence on all the Honda racing cars for the 2012-2013 season. Competitor numbers peaked at 30 cars for a race weekend during the last season, and organisers are hoping to see this as a regular figure when the new championship blasts off with 2012-2013 champion Shane Parsons attempting to defend his title.
NB, there are currently no Gull stations on SI but any SI competitor that takes part in NI events at any stage will automatically be included, so they will just have to fuel up on the way home!
Gull Force 10 biofuel is powerful proof that it is possible to get the high octane, high performance you want from your fuel, with the environment-friendly quality the entire planet needs. At Gull, we're enormously proud to be the first company to bring the first widely available biofuel to the New Zealand motorist.
Gull Force 10 is a high-specification, advanced fuel which is designed to satisfy the very highest modern motoring demands. Because it's cleaner burning it provides you with extra power you can 'feel', and cleaner air for all of us. Because it's hi-octane, there's a further boost to your vehicle's performance. And the EECA endorsement of the biofuel is the ultimate reassurance you need that the Gull Force 10 promise is real.
North Island Winter Challenge will be down
to the last race
After a hard fought Honda Cup Winter Challenge Series the 16 car North island field is going to be battling it out at the fourth and final round at Taupo on September the 16th.
Rookie Shaun Morris looks odds on to win the highly contested 0-1600cc class and Andrew Johnson and Logan Morrell are both clear leaders in the 1801-2000 and 2001-2200 classes.
The 1601-1800 class is still wide open with Mark Wilson leading the field on 255 points closely followed by Rookie and Manfield specialist Tony Allpress 0n 237 and James Post on 220. All three drivers who are new the Honda Cup class have shown some excellent race craft and speed over the winter.
The battle for overall Honda Cup North Challenge Champion for 2012 is extremely close with Andrew Johnson leading on 295 points, Logan Morell on 280, Mark Wilson on 261 and Tony Allpress on 255. With over one hundred points being awarded at each round the Championship is still wide open and it will only take driver error or a mechanical to drop one of these drivers well down the list.
"Its been an amazing Series and demonstrates how important it is that we bring new blood into the sport" said Al Stewart, Honda Cup Race Director.
"With over half the winter field being new and developing drivers the Series has done exactly what we were trying to achieve in bringing new drivers to the track and allowing them to develop race skills in medium sized competitive field before they line up on the grip in our 30 plus fields. Some amazing talent has emerged with young guys like Shaun Morris and Tony Allpress being real standouts over the Series. Its been great to see these really keen young guys out in quite low spec cars putting in some amazing times and getting involved in some really wheel to wheel racing".
The field for round four is likely to swell to the mid 20's with a number of the drivers who will be contesting the Summer series using Taupo as a shakedown and this will add another variable to the final meeting.
The programme for round 4 at Taupo is testing on Saturday on the short track and qualifying and racing on Sunday. The race format will be Qualifying - Race one rolling start grid, Race two standing start reverse top ten, Race three handicap.
Round 1 & 2 Honda Cup South Entry Forms
October 14th – Ruapuna.
- 2012 Summer Challenge South Round 1 - Ruapuna Regulations
- 2012 Summer Challenge South Round 1 - Ruapuna Entry Form
Novamber 11th – Timaru.
- 2012 Summer Challenge South Round 2 - Timaru Regulations
- 2012 Summer Challenge South Round 2 - Timaru Entry Form
Honda Cup South Summer Series Is Go
These are the official race dates for the 2012-13 South Island Honda Cup Series
- October 14th – Round 1 Ruapuna – One day event
- November 11th – Round 2 Timaru – One day event
- December 1st-2nd – Round 3 Teretonga –Two day event
- Christmas break
- March 16-17th – Round 4
Manfield – Two day event
with V8 Super Tourers
North South Honda Battle Round 1
Special ferry crossing rates apply
- March 22nd-24th – Round 5
Timaru – Three day
North South Honda Battle Round 2
Special ferry crossing rates apply
- April 28th – Round 6 Ruapuna – One day event
Tech regs are common between North and South Island.
Competitors registering for the South Series can also run in any of the North Island round but grid numbers are limited at all North Island circuits, so those intending to run should ensure that they get their name on the roll call early.
Race format will be standard Honda Cup format;
Race #1 - grid rolling. Race #2 - reverse top 10. Race #3 - handicap.
Except at Ruapuna where, at the request of the organising club we will run;
Race #1 - grid standing. Race #2 - handicap. Race #3 - grid standing.
Honda Cup Challenge Round 4 – North Island
Saturday 15th – Testing – Taupo short track.
- 2012 Winter Challenge North Round 4 - Taupo Sprint Regulations
- 2012 Winter Challenge North Round 4 - Taupo Sprint Entry Form
Sunday 16th – Practice, Qualifying and three races – Taupo A1 Circuit.
- 2012 Winter Challenge North Round 4 - Taupo Race Regulations
- 2012 Winter Challenge North Round 4 - Taupo Race Entry Form
Entry is $100 per day or $75 per day if you enter both days.
Motul Honda Cup 2012-2013 Calendar announced
Motul Honda Cup – the fastest growing club racing series and the biggest Japanese series in New Zealand – has announced a 2012-2013 calendar that will include three rounds with the blockbuster V8 SuperTourer championship.
The Honda series – which now has official support from Honda New Zealand and has also just commenced its first South Island winter championship – will run three rounds with the V8 SuperTourers, starting at Pukekohe on October 26-28 at the International 500 event.
Round 2 and Round 3 will be at Hampton Downs and Taupo respectively as part of a new summer series in the North Island for club racing classes.
With Honda Cup running a traditional summer season and V8 SuperTourers following a calendar year format, the Hondas will be back for their Round 4 at Hampton Downs, the first round of the V8 SuperTourers second season. Round 5 will be at the V8 SuperTourer meeting at Manfeild on March 16 and 17. Honda Cup supported both of these V8ST events earlier this year, and included a New Zealand record field at Hampton Downs.
Round 6 at Pukekohe in May – the series climax – will include a one hour two–driver enduro which it is hoped will attract several well-known NZ racing names in co–driver roles.
2012-2013 Motul Honda Cup Summer Season
- October 26/27/28th – Round 1 Pukekohe 500
- November 10/11th – Round 2 Hampton Downs
- January 12/13th – Round 3 Taupo
- February 16/17th – Round 4 Hampton Downs
- March 16/17th – Round 5 Manfeild
- May 5th – Round 6 Revised Pukekohe
includes 1 hour enduro
Entry, regs and practice information for Round 3 Manfield August 4th & 5th
All the info and documentation is online at the Motorsport Manawatu website:
Round 2 of South Island Honda Cup at Ruapuna
Round 1 of South Island Honda Cup in Timaru
Reminder – All competitors need to complete and submit a Honda Cup Membership application.
Hitech Motorsport support Honda Cup
Well know Motorsport specalists Hitech Motorsport are keen to assist Honda cup Racers in the Auckland region.
With full engine building, fabrication and dyno facilities Bob and Grady Homewood and the Hitech Team offer a one stop race shop for Auckland Honda enthusiast.
Call and check out the team located just of the Motorway in Dury.
Hitech Motorsport Limited
69 Creek Street,
Drury 2113, Auckland, New Zealand
Big Night out for Honda Cup
The Honda Cup Awards Dinner was a fitting finale to the end of the Honda Cup Summer Series. A time to celebrate success and acknowledge the efforts made by many during the 2011-2012 Summer Series.
Over 70 drivers, Partners and supporters turned out in style.
2011-2012 Honda Cup Summer Awards
- Grand Champion 2011-12 Honda Cup Shane Parsons
- 0-16600 class champion Garry Wilson
- 1601-1800 class champion Mark Walters
- 1801-2000 class champion Shane Parson
- 2001-2200 class champion Logan Morrell
- 2011-2012 Rookie of the year Warren Tunley
- 2011-2012 Most improved driver Logan Morrell
- 2011-2012 Drive of the year Gavin Boyne
- Sportsperson of the year Glenis Wilson
- 2011-2012 Best presented car David Millar
- Eugene Award (most mechanicals) Garry Morrell
- Oops Award Trevor Strong
- Service Award Wayne Chapman
High revving racers secure Honda partnership
Honda New Zealand is to become an official partner of the Motul Honda Cup - one of the fastest growing motorsport championships in New Zealand.
The iconic Japanese brand will be launching four new models over the coming year on the back of the already launched Civic sedan and the sporty new CRZ. July is a busy month for Honda with the all new Euro Civic hatch with two new models of the well proven CRV being released and City and V6 Accord back in stock.
"Motul Honda Cup has a nice synergy with CRZ's "Play in the real world" slogan, which is what the organisers and drivers in the Honda Cup are doing in a great safe environment," explained Graeme Meyer, Head of Marketing.
"They are all great enthusiasts for Honda and racing and have worked hard to make their series thrive during difficult times globally for motorsport. We are pleased to be supporting a great race class."
Honda New Zealand will support the series with a CRZ Course and Safety car and access to parts and expertise used widely on the racing cars during 2012-2013 Summer Championship, which includes many contemporary models as well as older machinery this year.
The new CRZ Honda Cup Safety car will make its public debut at the forthcoming Speedshow event at the ASB Showgrounds, before becoming a working part of the Honda Cup winter and summer series.
"The recognition and support we will receive from Honda New Zealand is huge news for us," said Series Director Alan Stewart.
"We have created the biggest one-make Japanese racing class in New Zealand and after a hugely successful debut summer season, we are expanding with a winter series in the South Island and continuing our rookie-focussed winter series in the North.
"We have major objectives for the Motul Honda Cup that focus on close, exciting and value for money racing and we could not do that if the basic product wasn't top notch. Honda is famed for its reliability and performance as a brand and has a long and successful heritage in motorsport all over the world. To be waving the flag as an officially recognised Honda series is really a huge step forward for us."
Practice Round 2 Hampton – July 14th
The format is very similar, however we have limited the entrant numbers so that you get maximum enjoyment without a crowded track.
As usual cars will be grouped by speed with a maximum of four groups, ie. cars, motorbikes, karts or prestige group.
- Date: 14th July
- Time: 9am - 4pm
- Arrival time: 8.30am for registration and a drivers briefing
- Time on track: 15 minute sessions
A combination of Cars, Motorbikes and Prestige, always limited to 4 groups only. Cars will be grouped by speed.
Passengers are welcome in MSNZ certified roll cage cars and require the same safety gear above.
We have 98 and unleaded fuel available. The location of the fuel site is on the left at the exit of the vehicle tunnel.
Pre-registration at www.hdticketing.co.nz is essential.
Honda Cup is coming
Round 1 of South Island Honda Cup in Timaru
Reminder – All competitors need to complete and submit a Honda Cup Membership application.
Hitech Motorsport support Honda Cup
Well know Motorsport specalists Hitech Motorsport are keen to assist Honda cup Racers in the Auckland region.
With full engine building, fabrication and dyno facilities Bob and Grady Homewood and the Hitech Team offer a one stop race shop for Auckland Honda enthusiast.
Call and check out the team located just of the Motorway in Dury.
Hitech Motorsport Limited
69 Creek Street,
Drury 2113, Auckland, New Zealand
Big Night out for Honda Cup
The Honda Cup Awards Dinner was a fitting finale to the end of the Honda Cup Summer Series. A time to celebrate success and acknowledge the efforts made by many during the 2011-2012 Summer Series.
Over 70 drivers, Partners and supporters turned out in style.
2011-2012 Honda Cup Summer Awards
- Grand Champion 2011-12 Honda Cup Shane Parsons
- 0-16600 class champion Garry Wilson
- 1601-1800 class champion Mark Walters
- 1801-2000 class champion Shane Parson
- 2001-2200 class champion Logan Morrell
- 2011-2012 Rookie of the year Warren Tunley
- 2011-2012 Most improved driver Logan Morrell
- 2011-2012 Drive of the year Gavin Boyne
- Sportsperson of the year Glenis Wilson
- 2011-2012 Best presented car David Millar
- Eugene Award (most mechanicals) Garry Morrell
- Oops Award Trevor Strong
- Service Award Wayne Chapman
Brass Monkey Meeting - 15th July 2012
Hampton Downs - Historic Racing Club
This exciting, different format of racing has classes that are run in time groups! Open to all types of saloon, GT and sports cars. You will only be racing against cars with similar lap times. Time groups will be 1min10 - 1:15, 1;15-1:20, 1:20-1:25, 1:25-1:30 and 1:30+. Honda Cup will also be having a winter round at this meeting. The Honda Cup class will have two races plus a 45 minute endurance race, with a pit stop as well. Look further down the page to see the full ad for this event.
Congratulations to our first Summer Series
champion - Shane Parsons
In a last gasp push at the final round of the championship - held at the Manfeild V8 SuperTourer round - Shane did what he had to do and took enough points from series leader going into the round Mark Walters - and won the title in style with a great win in the final handicap race.
Manfeild capped a great season for the Cambridge engineer. Having started off with plenty of raw pace in the car, Shane worked his way through performance upgrades methodically and quickly became one of the championship pace setters and a regular winner. More importantly, he always took significant points scores and in a closely fought championship, this was key. Also key was the reliability of his sensational winged ITM Cambridge-backed CRX, which had a few tantrums in practice and testing but was almost always 100% reliable in the races.
Shane will be back in the 2012-2013 Summer Series to defend his title and is promising even more speed from car and driver.
If you would like to find out more about New Zealand's biggest race series for any Japanese brand, and the fastest growing and most cost effective series in the country, then get in touch. Whether you are seasoned Tier 1 racer looking for some serious speed and competition, or a novice looking to break into the sport within a tight budget - then we have the class for you.
Round Two Entry at Hampton Downs
Online entries are now open for Round 2 Honda Cup North Challenge at Hampton Downs.
The weekend is called "The Brass Monkey". The optional practice is on Saturday 14th July and the race on Sunday 15th July.
Enter online for the Hampton round over at the motorsportentry website. Your username is your last name followed by your initial, and your password is your competition licence number followed by "pwd". For example, Joe Smith whose competition licence number is 12345 has a user name of smithj and a password of 12345pwd.
If you have not entered one of our events before, click the "Not Registered?" button on the left and follow the instructions.
Any problems with entering, contact Melissa.
Hankook Competition Tyres
The latest Hankook Competition Tyre information, download here.
Along with the latest technical information, download here.
Annual Honda Cup Awards Dinner
26th May 7pm at the Suncourt, 14 Northcroft Street, Taupo.
It will be an evening of celebration and fun with guest speaker.
The dress code is formal and entry is by ticket only.
For further details, contact Richard Gee.
Honda Cup Challenge Round 1 – North Island
Saturday 26th – Tech, Test and Train – Taupo short track (optional non-points day).
- 2012 Winter Challenge North Round 1 - Taupo Sprint Regulations
- 2012 Winter Challenge North Round 1 - Taupo Sprint Entry Form
Sunday 27th – Practice, Qualifying and three races – Taupo short track.
- 2012 Winter Challenge North Round 1 - Taupo Race Regulations
- 2012 Winter Challenge North Round 1 - Taupo Race Entry Form
Entry is $100 per day or $75 per day if you enter both days.
Down To The Wire
Well, it's been a while since the last newsletter so we thought we would make this one a big one. We've had three cracking rounds since the start of the year and with one to go we could not have hoped for a better climax. Not only are our two 'aces' out front - Mark Walters and Shane Parsons - just two points apart and with it all to play for in Feilding, but the 1.6 championship is also going down to the wire, with veteran Gary Wilson and find of the season Warren Nutley all set to slug it out for class honours.
The first round of 2012 saw a handful of new cars and drivers appear including the simply fantastic green EG of David Miller and another protégé of Mr Walters make his debut - James Post in his DC2. The round didn't end well for Trevor Strong, who spun on cold tyres in the first race and was collected by his own mechanic and car, as well as by Gavin Boyne in his DC5. Frantic work got Boyne back out - and it was a good job too, as he went on to take his first win in the handicap race.
Hampton Downs and Round 1 of the V8 SuperTourers gave everyone the chance to be part of something big in motorsport in New Zealand and everyone did pretty well. Some rough calculations suggest Hondas did about 1300 laps of the circuit in total over the weekend and there was really only one serious incident. A late call to change the format of the fourth bonus race was down to numbers of cars, and in the end it proved the correct one, with a superb fourth race to sign off a fantastic weekend of motor racing.
Mark Walters and Shane Parsons were out front all weekend, but spare a thought for guest driver and Squawking Magpie winery owner Gavin Yortt, who rocked up in the ‘Big Al’ DC2 rocket ship and just got quicker and quicker. A DNS in Race 1 prevented him from winning the round, but his drive from the back in the Reverse Top Ten race was an epic.
It was back to Hampton Downs a fortnight later, for a much quieter weekend on the bill at the legends of Speed meeting. A smaller group enjoyed some fantastic action and Shane Parsons took the round win, with Mark Walters’ long time record of finishing coming to an end when his car broke down during the handicap race.
It's been a great season and a testament to everyone who has committed to it to go racing and make it happen - drivers, sponsors and organisers. It's an old cliché but it really wouldn't have happened without everyone's help. All we can say for the final round is be safe out there and may the best man win!
Season 2 almost ready
Motul Honda Cup is already deep into planning Summer Season 2 and is working on some new ideas to make the series even more interesting to existing and new drivers.
One of the major ideas we have had is to introduce an enduro race to the calendar. Not a 24 hour or even six hour challenge, but something a little shorter so we can all sample what it takes. the initial idea is for a one hour or one and half hour race with a fuel stop and a driver change to a driver who must not be a regular in the championship. And if two drivers are not for you, then we will be able to come up with something to make the single driver get out of the car and get back in. Anyway, we’re sure you get the general idea!
It all has to be done properly and to strict rules but our early discussions with race weekend organisers have convinced us it will be possible. What we would probably do is fit it in over a two day meeting - qualify in the morning on Saturday as normal then run the enduro as the last race of the day on the Saturday, with the sprint races for the round running on the Sunday. Most we have spoken to in the series already or considering it love the idea and it certainly does add yet another dimension to the Motul Honda Cup. We are very keen indeed to hear from our racers with their opinions. One thing we can confirm is that the entry fee for the particular weekend we are looking at will not increase as a result of us having a longer race on the programme - which is great news.
Honda Cup South Island
With the Honda cup North Island Summer season nearing an end the series organisers now have time to attend to the request from the many Honda enthusiast based in the South Island and are currently organising the inaugural Motul Honda Cup South Winter Series.
"It's been a challenge" said Honda Cup Race Director Al Stewart. "It's not easy when you are working from a remote base but the level of enthusiasm from the 'mainland' is high and I could not see us going another season without getting something going to keep all the Southern Honda enthusiasts happy. We're not too fussed about numbers at this stage, but we want to get it going and see what we can achieve alongside the North Island programme."
Mark Wederall - whose car is pictured on display at last weekend's V8 SuperTourer round at Ruapuna - has offer his assistance to co ordinate the Winter Series and long time Honda enthusiast Alex Brown has also put his hand up to help get it all underway. Tentative dates have been announced for a pilot mini-series with Round 1 at Timaru on the 5th August and Round 2 at Ruapuna on 19th August.
In addition all South Island competitors are invited to run at the North Island winter round to be held at Manfield on the 8th July. Anyone interested in joining in with the Motul Honda Cup South can check out www.hondacup.co.nz There is a full list of contacts available on the site along with all the rules, regulations and other helpful information.
Racing with the Super Tourers at Hampton
What a monumentous achievement in such a short time. From an idea floated over a few beers a year ago to a full blown 30 car Honda Grid at New Zealand's biggest race meeting of the year.
Everyone involved in the class should give themselves a well deserved pat on the back.
Sure a few things need to be fettled in regards to the running of the meeting but considering that it was the first time for everyone it was a massive achievement and the event organisers deserve a big thumbs up for bringing such a huge undertaking together in such a short time.
The crowds came in droves and the weather could not have been better. Honda Cup got to run at a tier 1 plus level meeting with a full practice and qualifying session, four full length races without paying an exorbitant entry fee or being treated like a poor cousin.
How good was it to be able to finish a race and then walk unhindered around the Super Tourer pits - something that could only happen in NZ!
The feedback the Honda Cup has received from the Hampton organisers, the STV8 teams and the public has been 100% complimentary and can only confirm that Honda Cup are on the right track.
Manfield with its improved track and spectating facilities should see another step up with crowd numbers expected to be as big as Hampton.
Where to from here? There is still room for us to improve our act and we are already working on it so onwards and upwards for rounds five and six.
Hankook dominate at Hampton
A feather in the cap for Honda Cup to see both the V8 super Tourers and the new V8 development series both running Hankook slicks as their spec tyre.
Three years ago Honda Cup Race Director Big Al decided it was time to look for an alternative to the Dunlop that the majority of racers were using. He contacted Hankook NZ with a view to importing a range of Hankook V200 slicks to test.
After a season of testing various compounds and combination Big Al negotiated an agreement with Hankook NZ to supply a mix of sizes and compound of Hankook race slicks to Honda Cup. Hankook agreed to supply fresh tyres direct ex factory made with the same carcass construction as those supplied to the European DTM series.
Honda Cup racers quickly found that the new Hankooks offered significantly advantages in improved levels of grip, reduced lap times and reduced wear. Over 70% of the Honda Cup field is now racing on Hankook race slicks.
Look for more support from Hankook in Honda Cup 2013.
Honda Cup Round 5 - Legends of Speed 3rd and 4th March at Hampton Downs.
It's a two day event with some of our classes running just one day and others over both days for a change. There is also a practice session on the Friday for those wanting to test.
The winner of the last race in each class will win a shield named after one of New Zealand's Legends of Speed. These will be presented at the Motorsport Clubs award night later in the year.
Classes running will be Arrow Wheels, Alfas, AES / TradeZone, Superhistorics and Formula Suzuki, Historics, Production Muscle Cars, Classic Japanese, Honda Cup, Classic Trial, Formula Ford, Formula Junior, Advanced Adhesives Allcomers Saloons, ACES and Arrow Wheels.
This will be a great event and will provide a change of format and size of event, while remaining low key and relaxed. Enter online on at www.motorsportentry.com
Biggest Honda racing field ever set for Hampton Downs V8 SuperTourer round.
The biggest field of racing Hondas ever assembled in New Zealand is set to open the action at the most exciting race meeting in New Zealand for years.
Then Honda Cup is the opening act at the new V8 SuperTourer series inaugural weekend at Hampton Downs on February 17, 18 and 19 and again at Round 3 of the series at Manfeild in April.
The Motul Honda Cup has been running in New Zealand for three seasons, but 2011-2012 is the first time it has run a summer series instead of a one day format winter championship. Interest has been huge, with racing drivers aged from their teens to their late 60s trying their hand in powerful VTEC Honda chassis that represent the whole spectrum of the Type-R genre.
The field will include many vintages of Civic, Integra and CRX models from the 80's to the current, and some of the tuning on the cars represents the latest thinking in club Honda racing globally.
"Hondas make great racing cars simply because they are strong, exceptionally reliable and easy to tune whether you are an amateur or professional outfit" explained series director and founder Alan Stewart.
"Even with a stock engine you can be competitive in our series and as we control costs as best as we can, we have seen a significant influx of new drivers who would have otherwise probably not have committed to circuit motor racing. There's a strong community developing and to be on the bill at the V8 SuperTourer round is exciting for everyone concerned in the series".
"We will be aiming to put on a great show, as well as showcasing the driving and engineering skills that can be seen at every level of the series".
Electronic entry now open for Hampton Super Tourer Round.
Enter online for the Hampton Super Tourer round over at the motorsportentry website.
Your username is your last name followed by your initial, and your password is your competition licence number followed by "pwd".
For example, Joe Smith whose competition licence number is 12345 has a user name of smithj and a password of 12345pwd.
If you have not entered one of our events before, click the "Not Registered?" button on the left and follow the instructions.
If you are having any problems email Melissa Morgan.
Walters heads series after Pukekohe
Showing his class as one fo the series and club racing's top drivers, Mark Walters (pictured) debuted his 1.8 engine in style at Pukekohe, demonstrating blinding speed and taking his first race win to leave the circuit as championship leader.
Championship protagonists Martin Dunn and Dave Grigor were eliminated from any meaningful points after their race one shunt and Alan Stewart fell victim, as did quite a few, to the draconian noise police now regularly in operation at club events at the circuit.
A challenging day for many left Mark ahead on the points table, with Cambridge's Shane Parsons in second after a very consistent day.
The series moves to Taupo long track for the next round on January 14th and 15th and it will be a fascinating round. Tradtionally it favours the high powered K20 cars that can stretch their legs on the long back straight, but you just cannot discount either Walters or parsons from stealing the limelight once again. With fewer noise restrictions, Alan Stewart will be a force.
Trevor Strong is due a great result in his EK20 and there should be other K20 powered cars from Dave Grigor, Richard Gee, Martin Dunn and Gavin Boyne. Expect Warren Tunley and Gary Wilson to set a fearsome pace in the 1.6 class and watch out also for Logan Morrell on his home circuit and with a long straight to let his Civic Sedan loose on.
Big weekends looming large!
The New Year will bring the series first foray into events that last longer than a single day and all of our competitors can look forward to (hopefully) a much more relaxed atmosphere over two days where they can fiddle around with the set up of the car, enjoy watching some of the other motorsport on offer and telling their mates about the lap that got away that was two seconds quicker than anything they ahd ever done before.
Taupo on January 14th and 15th is a Tasman Revival meeting being run by the Historic Racing Club and you can expect to see some cool big open single seaters racing in the Super Historics, as well as the Formula Suzuki cars that are also eligible for this class. There are a number of other classes running as well and it should be a great weekend, with a good atmosphere, warmer weather and plenty to look at and talk about.
In February we have the V8 SuperTourer series debut weekend where the Motul honda Cup is on a select bill that includes the V8 Challenge Cup for older V8s, the Central Muscle cars and the V8 SuperTourers themselves. This is shaping up to be a massive weekend of motorsport -possibly one of the biggest domestic motorsport events in years.
We have a superb weekend of racing and track action lined up. Testing on Friday, qualifying and two races Saturday and two races on Sunday. We are looking at the format of this and how we can make the most of it for Honda Cup, so we may tweak the formats for that weekend only. What is awesome is that this programme, and six tickets for each entrant, will cost just $300.In terms of dollar cost per day on track ($100) that is unrivalled by any series in New Zealand.
Right, here is the important bit! If your appetite has been whetted for these big events (And the two that follow which we will cover in a coming newsletter) then you need to be thinking about it NOW. We will ONLY accept entries for the V8 SuperTourer round from those who have raced in Honda Cup this summer season and anyone wishing to race at Hampton Downs MUST race at Taupo on January 14th and 15th. Why? Well quite simply we do not want people unfamiliar with the series or its regular runner turning up and 'being a hero' for what will be our biggest weekend to date. This will be fine for the series regulars, but if you are an intermittent competitor then you must take note of this condition.
We will be limited to 30 cars and two reserves so we are lookign to secure just 32 entries.We have had 29 and 27 from Winter Series rounds, so we could quite possibly go well above this 32 threshold, so it WILL be a first come first served basis and we will be liasing with www.motorsportentry.com to close off entry for Hampton Downs when the limit is reached. There is no limit on the number of entries for Taupo however. So if you do fancy a one off racing weekend with the Honda Cup, then that'll be the perfect way! Entry is available NOW for Taupo at www.motorsportentry.com and will be available very soon for the V8 SuperTourer round.
Electronic entry for Taupo
Enter online for the Taupo round (14th and 15th Jan) over at the motorsportentry website.
Your username is your last name followed by your initial, and your password is your competition licence number followed by "pwd".
For example, Joe Smith whose competition licence number is 12345 has a user name of smithj and a password of 12345pwd.
If you have not entered one of our events before, click the "Not Registered?" button on the left and follow the instructions.
If you are having any problems email Melissa Morgan.
Battle resumes at superfast Pukekohe
Motul Honda Cup - the country's leading series for production-based Honda racing cars - is hoping to see its biggest entry to date at the second round of the new Summer Series which takes place at the Pukekohe circuit on October 29th.
The winter series round at the same circuit three months ago attracted 27 cars and organisers are hoping to top 30 with several more cars set to make their season debut or return. Notable and fast will be Trevor Strong in his Strong's Electrical EK20 Civic, Steve Taylor's awesome FD2, Shane Parson's unique CRX, David Grigor's Golden Homes DC5, Martin Dunn's Hexagon Motorsport example and Mark Walters' consistently quick EF.
There will also be plenty of interest in Gary Wilson's 1.6 EG Civic, back in Honda Cup with a very special 1.6 engine that the Whakatane veteran is hoping will push him well inside the 1.10s and up to the sharp end of the grid. Winter series regular Brent Hay is also back and hungry for success in his immaculate 1.8 DC2. Also racing for the first time in its brand new New Zealand Hondas livery will be Rik Wakelin's 1.8 EG, which showed flashes of real speed at Round 1 at Taupo. Richard Gee will be running his last race with 1.6 power before installing a K20 while series director Alan Stewart should also be out in his newly liveried Hankook DC2. Motul New Zealand boss and series regular Tim Pollard was right on the pace at the last Pukekohe meeting in his ex-Japanese Touring Car Championship DC5 and will be right there again.
The battle in the 1.6s will be fierce. With Gee effectively ruling himself out of 1.6 and 2.0 litre with his mid-season engine switch, Wilson, Warren Tunley and Jason Weel all set to do battle at the front. The Motul Honda Cup is the guest series running in the Auckland Car Club's Summer Series round at the venue and there will be plenty of motorsport action to enjoy outside of qualifying and the three Honda Cup races. Muscles Cars, Classic Japanese, Alfa Trofeo and the new Aces class are amongst the classes scheduled to run on a busy day of racing.
New sponsor from Round 2 onwards!
Adidas Eyewear joins Honda Cup to reward racers who stand out from the crowd.
Motul Honda Cup, the premier racing series in New Zealand for Honda saloon and sports cars, has secured elite sporting sunglasses brand Adidas Eyewear as a series sponsor.
Adidas Eyewear will back a new initiative, the Adidas Eyewear Driver of the Day award, which will reward the driver who has produced the most eye-catching performance on track during the race meeting with a pair of the latest Adidas sports sunglasses.
The driver will be nominated after each round and there will be a presentation and photograph at the subsequent race meeting. The idea of the Adidas Eyewear Driver of the Day award is simple. It's all about standing out from the crowd and that's what the series officials off track will be looking for. It may be a recovery drive from a spin, a great single pass, or even a series of great moves in a handicap race. In other words, anyone can win it and we will have five winners.
Adidas Eyewear Sales and Sports Marketing Manager Mark Finlay was delighted to confirm the company's involvement in the Honda Cup, adding: "We're excited to partner with the Honda Cup and be able to support the new summer series. With our performance and casual eyewear options ideal for any driving conditions, we feel it is a great way to showcase our range and support this exciting race series."
Registered Honda Cup drivers will also receive a discount on anything in the comprehensive Adidas Eyewear range. Adidas products are used by many of the top athletes in the world and are a popular choice for the world's leading racing drivers in NASCAR, Indycar and Le Mans sports cars both in and out of the car.
I have some cool little stickers the same as the logo, the idea of which is to go inside the cars, hopefully on a spot on the dashboards that is the same for everyone where in car stuff can see it (the importance of this will become apparent later).
We will also create a little area in the sponsors section where we'll put the models popular with the race drivers - Evileye etc. Still to be confirmed who makes the call, but I reckon it should be the perfect job for Wayne as he never gets to do anything controversial!
NIMM - prizegiving and a great day out
NIMM - or the New Zealand Honda Club's North Island Monster Meet will be held at taupo on November 4th and will be the venue for the Winter Series prizegiving, as well as a fabulous opportunity to get out there and test you race cars!
Honda Cup will be running a lunch time BBQ and will do prizegiving fopr the Winter Series.Organisuers are hoping everyone from the series will be able to take time out and get along to the event - there are the series class and overall prizes to be given out, as well as a few other trophies for Most Improved Driver, Best Presented Honda and a few others.
The track day is one of the biggest events organised every year by the club, with plenty of budding racers and tuners from the NZ Hondas forum there getting in some track time. It is also one of the country's most established annual days out at the circuit.
For many it will be their first time out on the track, and several Honda Cup drivers will be on hand to provide driver instruction and encouragement where reqwuired, as well as set up tips for the long circuit. Rik Wakelin's NZ Hondas backed car will also be there on dispaly and out on track. It's quite possible the Honda Cup drivers and some of the NIMM guys may stay on for a few beers afterwards as well!
There is also a great deal on offer for Motul Honda Cup drivers - which probably equates to the most cost effective circuit time avakilable! Thanks to the partnership with The New Zealand Honda Club, racers can take part on a two for the rpice of one basis. That means $75 for the day and even though it is on November 4th, just a few days after Round 2 at Pukekohe, it should be a great day out and well worth going along to.
For track day booking, contact Ben Foote at NZ Hondas - or email richard AT petrolheads DOTco DOTnz and we will put you in touch.
Shaun gets there - but only just!
Shaun van Beers secured his first circuit racing championship with victory in the 2011 Motul Honda Cup Winter Series by just a single point from the consistent and fast Mark Walters.
In a four way shoot out for the title, van Beers and Walters were pretty much inseperable throughout the day.
Richard Gee took pole ahead of newcomer Shane Parsons, with van Beers and Walters behind and it was these two that led the field throughout the first race. When rain started late in the race, Gee slowed as his grip faded, and Parsons used the huge power in his CRX to blast by and establish a lead. Behind these two, Walters and van Beers duelled and it was the Just Tyres DC5 of van Beers that finished just a second or so ahead of Walter's Motavation EF.
Race 2 brought more rain and some very close racing. Gee's chances of stealing the championship at the last round disappeared as contact with van Beers left him with no choice but to go through a huge pool of water which left the engine sick for the rest of the day and without VTEC. Shaun was lucky to get back on track quickly and set off after Walters as Martin Dunn and David Grigor disappeared into a battle for the lead, closely tracked by the impressive Nathan Strachan. Gee took a while to get the car fired back up and fought past Walters and van Beers, but the Taranaki driver could not pass Walters and as they lined up for the wet handicap, it was all to play for. Van Beers can thank his pit crew for some sterling work in replacing a damaged radiator in an unbelievably quick time before the handicap race, and he was able to go out ready to charge.
In the race itself, Gee eventually started from the pit lane with three cyclinders and no VTEC as Grigor, Dunn and Strachan once again showed their wet weather prowess and dominated the results, joined by top rookie Ben Sunckell who once again demonstrated his considerable skill with a solid drive to third in the race with Grigor first, Strachan second and Dunn fourth. Dunn's drive took the round win using Winter Series entrants and points, and being a double header with a few extra drivers and a different points system, the first Summer round was actually a tie between Grigor and Dunn (We'll cover the points in the next issue). The championship though went to Shaun van Beers after a winter season of highs and lows, but highlighted by some very solid fight backs after the lows. Walters consoled himself with second overall and the 1.6 class victory, whilst Gee took another third place in the series and Gary Wilson took fourth. Top Master was Wilson, top rookie Sunckell and team winners Dunn and Gee.
Summer Series brings out some Honda favourites
It's great to see some drivers who have been out of the Honda picture for a while coming back to the series. Michael Bate with his rapid EK20 is down to race the series and will be at Taupo, and Rob Sutherland (pictured) with his mighty K20A powered DC2 is also down to run.
Another K20A powered DC2 - the ex Phil Noblett car of Grant Shirley, is also entered for the summer series and it will be great to see Grant back after a sizeable shunt last April in SS2000 that left the back of the car a little bit the worse for wear.
David Grigor and his superb Golden Homes DC5 will be back for Taupo as will Steve Taylor and his FD2.
"There is no question that the series has brought in the country's top Honda racers," said series director Alan Stewart. "There are one or two more people we'd love to see running with us on a regular basis. Guys like Steven Price for example, who is exceptionally fast in his 1.6 EG. It would be great to see him matched up in a race against the likes of Gary Wilson or Warren Tunley who have already proven to be very fast in their 1.6s and amongst the favourites for title honours in the class in the 2011-2012 Motul Honda Cup. Even so, it's all shaping up to be a great season."
Taupo - It's gonna be big
Taupo is going to be a great day for the Honda Cup - as we wave goodbye to another ultra successful winter series, we set off on a new venture, the summer series. We are very confident of a good number of cars out on track but please do get your paperwork in as quickly as posisble to avoid disappointment or any late fees. There is an opportunity to test on the Saturday as part of the Taupo Car Club's Dual Sprint series. There is a special deal on offer from the club with a $25 discount for anyone from Honda Cup entering the Dual Sprint and the racing on Sunday.
All the documentation you need for Taupo, for registration for the Summer Series and for the regulations for the series are available under 2011 Documentation on the right hand side - all open into simple pre-prepared Word files to make life easier for you!
New Class for 1.8s
When the Summer Series kicks off at Taupo in September - there will be a new class in the series specifically for 1.8 powered cars.
While the majority of automotive manufacturers have gone the traditional 1300, 1600 2000cc route, Honda made a name for itself with the 1800cc B18c . An engine that when released in R spec in 1996 put out the highest bhp per litre and has gone on to power more performance vehicles than any other production engine.
With so many B18C powered Hondas out racing, it was felt that there should be a class for the B18C powered cars given how difficult it is for them to compete against the much lighter 1.6 powered cars or more powerful 2 litre K or B series powered- machines. From the level of enquiry received its looking like the new 1601-1800 class will be one of the most hotly contest classes of the Summer Series.
Given there is an overlap of dates, it will be possible for someone to race at Taupo and for example, qualify for points in 1.8. So, for example, if you are running a 1.6 engine currently, but intend to change to a 1.8 after Taupo, then you can run the car in 1.6 at Taupo as you have done during the Winter series, and as well as taking your 1.6 points, also gain points towards the 1.8 Summer Series class. You can only do this for Taupo. After Taupo, you must be running in the class for which you engine cc is appropriate. So if you decide to change to a two litre after Round 2, then you move to the 2 litre class at that point. Any class points achieved for either 1.6 or 1.8 must 'stay' in that class. However, your overall series points will remain the cumulative total of all points scored.
Refer to the technical regulations and series articles for further information - both of which can be found on the front page. Any technical queries can be made direct to the Technical Officer whose contact details can also be found on the newsletter ot on the contacts page of the web site.
The Honda Cup Racing Series has classes as follows:
- 0 to 1600cc
- 1601 to 2000cc
- 2001 to 2200cc
B-series Honda engines shall be allowed a maximum overbore allowance of 0.5mm from the standard bore diameter when running a standard crankshaft with standard stroke for that engine. The purpose of this rule is to allow B16A and B16B engines to remain n the 1600cc class and
Motul signs up for summer
Specialist motorsports oil company Motul has announced title sponsorship of the new-look Honda Cup summer series.
Motul has provided seed funding for the developing series during the three winter championships it has run over the past two years and is a natural fit for Honda Cup. Managing Director Tim Pollard is a keen racer and will run in the series in his own ex-Japanese Touring Car Championship Integra DC5.
"It's a great market for us," commented Pollard. "There is a huge opportunity for Motul to become the lubricant of choice for a younger generation of talented engine tuners and developers, many of whom choose Hondas for their bullet proof reliability and high basic performance. As well as that, the series has secured two very high profile meetings in the V8 SuperTourers, and it will be great to have a significant presence at those events as part of the package."
Sunckell wins - but Trevor too Strong overall
Ben Sunckell, one of the fastest rookies taking part in the Winter Series, capped a good weekend at Manfeild with a great win in the handicap race, but it was Trevor Strong in his EK20A who took the round with a solid performance on his home track.
Race 1 was all about Alan Stewart in his swift DC2 - actually the very first Integra DC2 to race anywhere in the world according to the original owner. Quite right too that it is still winning! Trevor Strong, always at the sharp end and invariably on the pace at his home track came a close second, setting himself up for a great day. Third was Gary Maddock in the ex-Justin Herbert championship winning silver DC2.
Race 2 was an absolute epic, with the eight cars scrapping wheel to wheel for the first few corners becoming seven cars when Maddock overcooked Higgins. He just missed Mark Walters as he slid off into the barriers, this left Alan Stewart, Shaun van Beers, Trevor Strong, Richard Gee, Mark Walters, Logan Morrell and debutant Tony Allpress engaged in a fierce battle. Van Beers led early on, but Strong got ahead and sneaked away for the win. Stewart had a drivetrain problem and retired, leaving van Beers in second and Richard Gee to pass both Walters and Morrell for a solid third place.
However, what most of the leading drivers didn't see was a notification that the Safety Car was coming out after the Maddock crash. By the time the train of cars arrived at Higgins on Lap 2, Gary had extricated himself and was heading back to the pits, but the stewards would call in the top runners after the race for a word about being aware of what is going on. When safety is potentially at risk, there is no argument and Honda Cup agrees 100%. It's never a bad thing to remind ourselves about this as we move forward, and we have published the Motorsport New Zealand Code of Conduct for Drivers in an article in this newsletter as a timely reminder of what is expected of all drivers out on track.
Race 3 was all about a great drive by rookie Ben Sunckell. Ben combined speed with some excellent passing manoeuvres to take his first race win in style as the faster cars at the back of the pack found their route to the front stemmed by some great racing in the mid-field. Gary Wilson took a strong second and kept himself in the overall championship chase, while Gary Morrell took his first top three finish in his DC2.
After the three races, Strong was the round winner from van Beers and Walters. Other notable performances during the day came from Noel Anderson - consistently fast in his EG, and Tim Blackwell-Chin, who bagged an impressive 1.20 seconds dead in his 1.6 EK on his first visit to the circuit.
Confirmed Summer Series Dates
- Round 1 - September 18th Taupo (one day)
- Round 2 - October 29th Pukekohe (one day)
- Round 3 - January 14/15th Taupo (two days)
- Round 4 - February 17/18/19th Hampton Downs with V8 SuperTourers (three days)
- Round 5 - March 3/4th Hampton Downs (two days)
- Finale - April 27/28/29th Manfeild with V8 SuperTourers (three days)
Motul signs up for summer with VTEC Screamers
Specialist powersports oil company Motul has announced title sponsorship of the new–look Honda Cup summer series.
The six round series will begin in September and will run through until the end of April, with two dates confirmed on the exciting new V8 SuperTourer race weekends. Motul has provided seed funding for the developing series during the three winter championships it has run over the past two years and is a natural fit for Honda Cup. Managing Director Tim Pollard is a keen racer and will run in the new series in his own ex–Japanese Touring Car Championship Integra DC5.
Upwards of 30 competitors are expected in the championship, and it is also closely allied with the biggest car forum in New Zealand, the NZ Honda Club. It has over 11,000 members, many of whom have sampled track day or circuit racing or who are keen engine tuners and car developers.
"It's a great market for us," commented Pollard. "There is a huge opportunity for Motul to become the lubricant of choice for a younger generation of talented engine tuners and developers, many of whom choose Hondas for their bullet proof reliability and high basic performance".
"As well as that, the series has secured two very high profile meetings in the new V8 SuperTourers, and it will be great to have a significant presence at those events as part of the package".
The Honda Cup is one of New Zealand's fastest growing racing series. Regularly topping grids of 25 during winter rounds, it includes rookie drivers making their first steps into circuit racing as well as old hands like Tier 1 aces Steve Taylor, David Grigor and past Honda championship winner Martin Dunn.
"Motul have been a great supporter of the series in its formative winter seasons" added Motul Honda Cup race director Alan Stewart. "Securing motorsport sponsorship in the current economic climate is not easy, but we have really tried to take a different approach for both sponsors and drivers and add commercial value with a few initiatives that are not the norm for motorsport. We are aiming to be the very best one–make racing series in New Zealand, however, and fundamental to that is having a supportive and recognised partner".
Van Beers bounces back
A great comeback and a round win was the perfect response to his round 2 problems for Taranaki's Shaun van Beers in the Just Tyres DC5. On his first visit to the legendary Pukekohe track, Shaun kept it all on the island this time to win the round after two competitive grid races and then a dominant run in the handicap race. Not the outright quickest car on the day, he was nevertheless the most consistent and his round win propels him to a very competitive looking second in the championship standings ahead of Richard Gee and just a few points behind series leader Mark Walters - who had another very consistent run in his EF.
On a day when 25 cars turned up to do battle, the racing was close and exciting, with Alan Stewart's hot DC2 having a second or so advantage on lap times, but with a snarling pack close behind that included David Grigor and Steve Taylor in their fantastic production racers, Mark Walters, Jason Weel and Richard Gee in their 1.6 Civics and van Beers and Tim Pollard in their swift DC5s.
Each of the three races were classics, with a damp/dry qualifying session putting Steve Taylor on pole position in his FD2 for Race 1. This was close affair, with Alan Stewart eventually taking the win from Steve Taylor, Walters and Gee, with David Grigor and van Beers making up the top six. Race 2 was one of the best in the three years of Honda Cup, with a train of six or seven cars doing battle throughout the race following the reverse top ten grid. Grigor had a superb race to win, but only after Stewart lost fifth gear and had to nurse his car home in sixth. Tim Pollard took second after some staunch defence of his front row starting position and held off a big train behind him comprising Van Beers, Gee, Walters and Stewart. A great drive from Logan Morrell netted seventh and the top ten was rounded out by Gary Wilson, Warren Tunley and Jason Weel.
Grigor blew his chances of winning the round when he was penalised for a jumped start in the handicap race, but Van Beers got is just right and dealt with the cars in front within a lap or two to put himself in the best possible position to move through and win the race, which he duly did. It wasn't plain sailing for the guys behind, and a huge scrap ensued amongst the pack which pretty much ended the faster cars hopes of moving through the field. The result was that Tauranga rookie Ryan McCartney - making his Honda Cup debut - took second place, with Jason Weel third, Garry Morrell fourth and Dave Harker fifth.
Walters maintains his lead in the series, with Van Beers now his closest challenger. Peter Dudson moves into top rookie spot overall after two rounds of consistent results, with Ben Sunckell dropping behind him after clutch failure in Race 1.
Production racers add spice
Round three was a watershed for Motul HondaCup, with its 25 car entry being a Winter Series record, and more big names and important cars fronting up to race.
Steve Taylor was there again with his Tier 1 production FD2, and the car was joined by two other ex production racers in Alan Smith's gorgeous DC5 and the sensational Squawking Magpie Golden Homes version shared by Gavin Yorte and David Grigor (it was David in the hot seat at Pukekohe). The presentation standard on all three cars was superb and the drivers all gave the thumbs up for the series format.
It was great to have so many entries, and great that the top guns in New Zealand Honda racing were there to be part of it.
Photos from Pukekohe
Someone has kindly uploaded the Round 3 photos to facebook for everyone to see.
Motul Honda Cup confirms Summer Series
Series secures two dates with stunning new V8 SuperTourers.
The Motul-sponsored Honda Cup racing series, one of the fastest growing motor racing series in New Zealand, has announced its first summer series - a six round championship that will include two dates with the exciting new V8 SuperTourer Series of Champions.
Honda Cup which is partnered by the country's most popular car forum in the New Zealand Honda Club's NZHondas.com - has already run two Winter Series and is currently half way through its third, with each round averaging well over 20 cars - a figure many summer classes struggle to muster. Top production car racers like FD2 racer Steve Taylor and DC5 ace David Grigor have already sampled the series during the winter and given the format the thumbs up.
The six round Championship will run from September to April and will include visits to Taupo, Pukekohe, Manfeild and Hampton Downs. The focus will be on giving drivers and engineers with a bit of Kiwi ingenuity and flair the chance to shine and to give them an unrivalled motor racing experience for a modest budget.
The championship will begin with a one day event in September (a double header round for the winter and summer series due to unavailability of dates) and will build up towards a huge series finale at Manfeild in April when a three day meeting will include practice on Friday, qualifying and one race on Saturday and two races on Sunday in front of a big V8 SuperTourer crowd.
The series will also run with the new V8 SuperTourers at their debut weekend at Hampton Downs in February. "There's a lot of work gone into the series by competitors and organisers and to secure two dates with the V8s is simply fantastic for us," confirmed Series Race Director Alan Stewart. "We listen and we try to deliver and I believe that is why we have had such big grids over the winter. All indications are that this field will increase significantly again with the announcement of a full-blown summer series. Our prime objective will remain close, quality racing that is both achievable financially for the drivers and exciting for spectators."
New Zealand V8 champion John McIntyre, one of the prime movers behind the exciting new V8 SuperTourer series, believes it will be a great experience for the Honda drivers to have the chance to race over the same weekend as big name drivers like Greg Murphy, Craig Baird, Paul Manuell, Andy Booth and Kayne Scott.
"The events we are planning for the first year of V8 SuperTourers are going to be sensational for motorsport fans and drivers and it's great to have the Honda Cup on board with us for two rounds," he said. "There is a real vibe in the Honda community. The series is well organised and forward thinking with a focus on good value, great racing and entertainment for spectators. That's a philosophy we very much identify with at V8 SuperTourers."
Practice/Testing - Manfield Round 4
Manfield Round 4 practice will be on Saturday August 6th, starting at 11.00am.
Five sessions will cost $100.
Rain produces three more winners
With two rounds gone and five different winners taking the chequered flag, it's hard to fault this year's Motul Honda Cup series for excitement and competitive racing. Round 2 at Hampton Downs was packed with action. A solid day earned Martin Dunn the round on only his second comeback race.
The quickest man in the varying track conditions was Taranaki's Shaun van Beers, and in the damp qualifying his speed was sensational, comfortably securing him the pole spot for the rolling start scratch grid. Mark Walters had his car on the pace as well, several seconds ahead of the rest of the competitive 1.6L battle.
Practice/Testing - Pukekohe Round 3
Controlled Testing on Saturday 16 July 2011 (open to the public).
Testing from 10.30am to 4.30pm (unless advised otherwise).
$90 per vehicle (Cash or Cheque with I.D.)
Driver and passenger must have a Helmet/Bike riders must have Full Leathers. To check the availability of the helmets for hire at the track please contact Gary Devon on 029 496 7759.
Passengers not secured in a race harness/seatbelt will not be permitted onto the circuit.
Parental Consent is required for persons under the age of 15 to allow admittance onto the PP Circuit.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have not driven on the Pukekohe Circuit previously, you will be required to attend a briefing prior to going onto the circuit. Please make yourself known to the Circuit Manager, Gary Devon. No vehicle or machine may exceed a noise level of 95dBA at any time either on the circuit or grounds of Pukekohe Park. Offending vehicles maybe excluded immediately.
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NZHondas.com announces Works Driver for Honda Cup
The New Zealand Honda Club, the country's most popular car forum with around 13,000 members, has announced Edgecumbe driver Rik Wakelin as its 'works' driver in the Motul Honda Cup in a deal that is believed to be the first of its kind in New Zealand motorsport.
Wakelin's Honda Civic will run in the current and future series with NZHondas.com branding, featuring graphics that will be chosen from a competition run on the NZ Hondas site. The winner will receive a credit for the graphic design on the car itself and will also get some hot laps in several of the series cars.
The tie-up will add a new dimension to the hugely popular forum, with Wakelin compiling an on-site blog of his racing exploits, and coincides with a major rebranding exercise.
"Rik fits the profile of the target group for the New Zealand Honda Club forum and for the Motul Honda Cup series perfectly," commented NZHondas.com CEO Ben Foote.
"Our community follows Hondas in motorsport with real enthusiasm and we have been partners with the Motul Honda Cup for some time. As it has grown and developed it has become the perfect place for the guys and girls in the community who want to challenge their driving prowess – or indeed their engineering skills – out on the track in a safe and hugely exciting environment.
"Motorsport is an important part of the on-line community and having a proper NZHondas.com race car out there competing should give lots of our members the excuse they need to go out and support both Rik and the series. These guys are determined to make their series a long term success and we share that goal. It's a perfect synergy."
The Honda club plans to market all future Motul Honda Cup rounds to its huge membership as it works with the series to develop Honda racing in New Zealand over the long term. Wakelin won one of the three races at the first round of the series at Taupo and is one of the country's best Honda 1.6 racing drivers.
You can find out more about the competition on NZHondas.com.
New drivers flock to Motul Honda Cup as series roars into action
Motul Honda Cup 2011 Round 1 was a resounding success - and that's the verdict of the 22 drivers who took part.
Biggest news at Taupo was that the series welcomed no fewer than 12 drivers new to racing, some with no track experience and others with just a few track days and dual sprints under their belts.
"This has always been one of our key objectives," explained series organiser Alan Stewart. "It's very difficult for new drivers to find the right place to go racing for the first time. The type of car they have, their budget and the type of community they want to be part of all play a part and we knew a long time ago that there were large numbers of Honda owners and tuners just itching to give it a go.
"To get 12 new racers surpassed our expectations. Not only that but we had a great day's racing with some fascinating results. We can only go on from here and we know we have more new entrants and experienced racers joining the field at Hampton Downs."
Round winner Richard Gee took two wins in his 1.6 powered EK Civic, with Rik Wakelin taking the third handicap race win after a solid day in his ever-improving Civic EG. Gee and team mate Martin Dunn clashed in the third race, leaving Dunn with no option but to retire and Gee finishing seventh. Mark Walters sits in second in the series after a second, third and fourth placed finish and Taranaki's Shaun Van Beers sits third in his lovely DC5 and the experienced Gary Wilson fourth. Wilson remains very much a dark horse in the series with a new engine in the pipeline expected to propel him to the sharp end.
Top rookie Ben Sunckell impressed all of the experienced racers with three top ten finishes and leads the newcomers in fifth overall in the series.
To see the results for Round One, go to the results page.
Round One Photos
Photos from round one are now available on Rolling Wheels.
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Notice of Practice for Round Two (Hampton Downs)
Testing will be from 9am to 4pm and cost $150 per car ($135 if you enter online).
Notice of Entry for Rounds Two & Three
The Notice of Entry for Round Two (Hampton Downs) and Round Three (Pukekohe) are now available to download.